Ashley Harrington
United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Director, National Social Justice Program

Ashley Harrington is the Director of the National Social Justice Program for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). As a member of the Public Policy and Government Affairs team, Ashley leads new policy and programmatic efforts to address the systemic issues that have perpetuated racial and economic inequality. She builds partnerships with UNCF member institutions, policymakers, and other advocates to advance equity through both policy change and community engagement and education. She is currently focused on criminal justice reform, especially as it intersects with higher education. In addition to spearheading this program, Ashley works on student debt issues.

Prior to joining UNCF, Ashley worked at the Center for Responsible Lending(CRL) as Special Assistant to the President and Counsel. At CRL, Ashley took a lead role in federal policy and advocacy efforts related to student loans. She also recently served as a primary negotiator for the Department of Education’s Borrower Defense to Repayment Rulemaking Committee.  Ashley previously served as Special Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, focusing on supplier diversity in government contracting and state workforce diversity.

Originally from Greensboro, NC, Ashley received her BA in Public Policy Analysis from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. After UNC, Ashley earned her JD from New York University School of Law. At NYU, Ashley was a Derrick Bell Public Service Scholar and an Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding service to the law school community. Ashley is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.