Ashley De La Rosa
Education Policy Director
Upon graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Ashley returned to her hometown to seek a role where she would be able to impact her community. She began her career interning at a local non-profit health organization, where she was able to research best practices to address health disparities in rural communities of Kern. Later, Ashley worked at an elementary school assisting students after-school. Through all her experiences, Ashley felt that she needed to do more to address the inequities in health, education, and state policies that affect the black and brown communities Ashley grew up in. The dynamic of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and community work attracted Ashley. Ashley was then granted the opportunity to work as the Education Program Associate for the Dolores Huerta Foundation and is currently the Education Policy Director.
As the Education Policy Director, Ashley works actively with her team to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline that has been affecting Black and brown youth in the Central Valley for years. Since Ashley has been a part of the DHF team, she has successfully engaged Vecinos in the school district budget and advocacy process. Ashley has executed various campaigns around education justice to ensure transparency and accountability in local school districts. Ashley has witnessed the power community holds and is very privileged to work with determined individuals.
Aside from her role in the DHF, Ashley holds a board position for the Latinx Alumni Network de UCSC and is a mentor for the Kern County Latina Leaders Youth Leadership Program. In her free time, you can find her listening to all genres of music, dancing, playing soccer, or spending time with her dogs.