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Ashley Barnett, MPA
Senior Associate

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

Ashley believes that race equity should be the foundation of community-focused efforts. 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 began her career working 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. In this role, 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, which is an agency of the Indiana Supreme Court. 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. During her time as Strategist, Ashley participated in a number of professional development activities including the Undoing Racism training and Implicit Bias Training Institute. 

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