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Ashley Barnett, MPA

Ashley believes that race equity should be the foundation of community-focused efforts and has honed her skills to support antiracist practices and address implicit bias. She says, “Too often, we get into the habit of doing things TO communities without centering the voices of those most impacted. Leading with race equity gives organizations the opportunity to address disparities that will positively impact ALL communities.” 

Ashley is a Senior Associate who works with clients to develop solution-focused policies and processes that can be sustained over time.

Prior to coming to Community Solutions, Ashley worked as a Family Case Manager with the Indiana Department of Child Services. She also worked for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute as the Juvenile Justice Specialist/Youth Division Director for the State of Indiana, where she was responsible for developing Indiana’s Three-Year Plan for juvenile justice and awarding federal and state grant funding that supported the plan. Most recently, Ashley served as a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Strategist with the Indiana Office of Court Services. In this role, Ashley was part of a team responsible for advising local communities on policy, practice and system improvement efforts that supported implementation of JDAI.

Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and a Masters’ degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Why are you passionate about what you do at Community Solutions?

It’s not too often people can work at a place that allows their personal and professional values to align. Being on the Community Solutions team allows me to do that. It’s also an opportunity for me to expand my knowledge base by working on projects from sectors I’m not very familiar with.

 

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by knowing that the work I do is having a positive impact on communities that have often been overlooked and/or exploited.

If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?

I would tell myself to stop doubting my abilities because I already have what I need to be successful.

I would also tell myself to worry less and travel more!