Ashley Northington is an award-winning marketing communication strategist, social policy leader, and entrepreneur. The founder of DENOR Brands + Public Relations, she leverages strategic communications as a tool to battle social inequities through the lenses of high-quality public education and entrepreneurship. Ashley aims to bridge the gap between policy and communication to transform data, behaviors, and perceptions into meaningful narratives that ultimately influence public policy, programs, and partnerships.
A champion of sharing stories that matter, Ashley is actively involved in public education and economic development initiatives that encourage success for students and prosperity for small business owners. She is Chair of Nashville Mayor David Briley’s Minority Business Advisory Council where she will help shape inclusive procurement policies, practices, and programs for minority-owned businesses. She is also a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Report Card Committee where she is part of a team that makes policy recommendations to improve the outcomes for educators, parents, and students. Further, she recently joined the Board of Directors of Teach for America, Nashville-Chattanooga.
Further, she is President Elect of the Board of Directors for Thistle Farms, which provides workforce development and holistic healing for women survivors so that they may lead more prosperous lives.
Ashley’s career in the communications field spans more than a decade and includes reporting for The Tennessean, Nashville’s local newspaper; national news reporting for USA Today; election coverage for the Associated Press; and multimedia work for The Times in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has also served at the Louisiana Department of Education as Press Secretary and a Public Information Officer. Additionally, she served as a Research Analyst, focusing on public education, parks and recreation, and civil service issues at the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans.
Ashley earned a Master of Public Administration with dual concentrations in public policy and higher education from the acclaimed Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University. She is also a proud graduate of Tennessee State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in women’s studies.
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