Ashley joined the Center for GIS (CGIS) in 2002 as a student research assistant. She currently serves as the acting managing director for CGIS and as a project manager, managing and directing data development and application projects.
As a project manager for CGIS, she manages and directs data development and application projects and serves as technical adviser for data development projects. She applies project management best practice methodologies and is considered a subject matter expert in utilizing Esri products to achieve cost efficient, effective, and relevant outcomes. Ashley strives to bring data, people, and technology together for holistic solutions.
Ashley recently completed the first phase of a multi-year initiative with the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Maryland Economic Diversification of Defense-Dependent Communities project developed a strategy to assist Maryland’s regions in lessening their dependency on defense-related spending in program areas of adverse budget impacts, replace lost jobs, and grow industry clusters identified as strengths within communities. This included conducting a business survey, a SWOT analysis, and an industry cluster analysis, as well as developing and deploying an interactive supply chain mapping tool for the defense supply chain in Maryland, the Maryland Defense Network (MDN). The MDN is an interactive online tool that maps defense spending in the state, created with input from regional focus groups, including economic development professionals, industry partners, and defense contractors, and is accessible through a secure website, https://MarylandDefenseNetwork.org.
Ashley also serves as the acting managing director of CGIS. She oversees all projects, maintains the group’s reputation for competence among clients, vendors, partners, and official entities by setting standards for excellence in service and deliverables, and develops and maintains infrastructure to support business processes. Ashley plays a major role in strategic planning for business development and fiscal management for CGIS and assists with expanding Towson University’s role as a state and regional resource for GIS services, applications, and training.
Ashley holds a M.A. in geography and environmental planning from Towson University.
When not at the office, Ashley can be found playing with her two sons and dog.
Two apps she can’t live without? Facebook and Flipboard