Ashli Alberty Gibson
Ashli’s passion for social justice began in childhood from observing her father’s commitment as a social worker to improving the lives of others in her hometown of Spokane, WA. She started volunteering for organizations such as Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity in high school, and soon learned the only career path that would interest her would be one focused on making the world a better place.
As part of her Human Services BA at Western Washington University, Ashli interned at a homeless resource center for families and a human rights organization. This opened her eyes to the many injustices of the world and inspired her to pursue a three-month volunteer placement running an orphanage in Kenya after graduating from college. During her time there, she was heartbroken to see the lack of experience, corruption and inefficiencies plaguing the non-profit sector in Kenya and was determined to find a better way to meet the crucial needs of local communities.
Ashli pursued a master’s degree in NGO and Development Management in London to better understand the proven interventions and programs that are truly able to improve lives. She soon discovered the power of community-led initiatives and the importance of letting local leaders and communities determine their own needs and solutions in order to create systemic and effective change.
Since completing her degree, Ashli has worked with various organizations using this approach such as the Global Poverty Project (Global Citizen), Nike Foundation and Malala Fund in London and Washington, DC. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hamomi Children’s Centre, a locally led non-profit primary school for vulnerable children in Kenya. She is excited to provide further support for local leaders and initiatives through her work with iLEAP.
After six years away, Ashli is thrilled to be settling back in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle with her husband and two adorable dogs. When she’s not working, you’ll find the four of them exploring a new park and soaking up the calming effect of the beautiful water and mountains in the area.