Ashley just finished her final year at the Richardson School of Law where she was an Ulu Lehua scholar, graduating with a certificate in Native Hawaiian Law. Ashley has been at HDLS in various capacities since 2015, and she will join HDLS as a lawyer in 2020. Throughout law school, Ashley supported the HDLS team by working with client clients, assisting with legal work, and working on legislation to provide needed support to people with disabilities in the Pacific region.
From a local family, Ashley's extended family spans multiple islands in Hawaii. Also a military brat, she grew up on Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu, Hawaii where her father served. She attended Moanalua High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
While in law school, Ashley also worked with the law school's Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawaii. Prior to coming to HDLS in 2016, Ashley worked for the office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, was a paralegal with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii's Windward Office, served with AmeriCorps VISTA as part of their effort to eradicate poverty, and worked at the Hawaii State Legislature.