Ashley joined Jackson Spalding in 2015 to work on The Primrose Schools account. She arrived after four years as Public Relations Manager for the Georgia Aquarium, a position loaded with marketing experiences most practitioners only dream about.
In addition to overseeing the attraction’s strategic PR plans, Ashley also conceptualized and served as Associate Producer for the Emmy Award-winning television series, Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, airing on ABC affiliates nationwide. This job took her all over the world, researching and managing production and partnerships for the first Aquarium-sponsored television show. When Ashley came into the role she didn’t identify as a science or outdoorsy type, but her aquatic adventures gave her a newfound passion for ecology and the research that protects it.
She began her career in Tampa while earning a degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. Beginning as a college intern, she rose through the ranks at Sahlman Williams Public Relations, eventually serving in leadership roles for the Georgia Pecan Commission, the Vidalia Onion Committee and for Ocean Prime Restaurants over a six-year career at the agency. All of these experiences served as a great springboard when she eventually landed in Atlanta to promote the largest single aquarium habitat in the world.
With a father in the mining business, Ashley began her globetrotting early. She was born in South Africa and spent her high school years in Chile where she became proficient in Spanish.
She loves hiking and running, but isn’t always sure-footed. She tripped on the way to accept the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Documentary Series, right in front of all the soap stars she had grown up watching on T.V. Let it be known that Ashley is much more confident tripping over the keys of her piano, which she has played since the age of six.