Ashley Gaddy

Director of Business Development

“If we aren’t intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks.” 

Kimberle Crenshaw 

Ashley Gaddy leads Business Development and Marketing at Cook Ross and brings a variety of knowledge and experiences in social justice education, client relations, corporate sales, and higher education to this role, which she believes will positively impact the client experience.  

As a Black southern woman with experience in both the corporate sector and higher education, specifically predominately white institutions, Ashley spends much of her time advocating for underrepresented groups and the challenges they face. She believes that authentic leadership requires the awareness of one’s values and purpose, and this drives her approach to her work. Showing up unapologetically is hard, but Ashley dedicates her time to normalizing authenticity in the workplace. 

Ashley’s journey to IDEA work started at an early age and continues to drive every aspect of her life. Social justice education, social change, and empowerment efforts are Ashley’s passions and she believes everyone has the ability to use them positively!  

Ashley received her Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Master’s in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is currently a doctoral candidate, defending fields: Postcolonial Feminism and Biopolitics in the Cultural Studies PhD program at George Mason University. 

Ashley is dedicated to educating and serving the community, spending time with family, friends and her dog, Bobo, and enjoying good food and live music. 

“If we aren’t intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks.” 

Kimberle Crenshaw