Ashley Walker is a Policy Advisor providing legislative and regulatory solutions for a variety of clients with interests in education, sustainable communities, housing, and water issues in the State of California. She is an expert on education policy issues and is based in the Firm’s Sacramento office.
She has many years of experience effectively representing client interests before the California Legislature and state agencies, and has in-depth knowledge of the state budget process. Ms. Walker excels at building strategic coalitions and leverages her deep rooted relationships in Sacramento to assist clients in forming meaningful collaborations.
Ms. Walker excels at grant writing and advocacy, and has secured millions of dollars in public funding honing her creative writing skills, for a wide range of community projects across the State, including parks and trails, cultural and recreational facilities, sustainable communities strategy planning, environmental enhancements, and vital public safety equipment.
California Association of Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Provides California State advocacy services for a statewide Association of for-profit full service retirement communities across California. Advocacy serves include support of the Association’s public policy priorities, maintaining contact with the key decision makers on health and human services policy in the Governor's office, Legislature, legislative committees, and the Department of Social Services, monitoring legislation, and providing timely reports on legislative activities. In 2014, played a key role in drafting significant amendments to AB 1751 (Bloom) to ensure for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Communities were able to successfully implement the new legislative proposal.
City of Alameda. In 2015, worked with the City of Alameda to secure a $2 million grant through the Land and Water Conservation Fund program administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The funding allowed the City to complete Jean Sweeney Park which will be the first open space style part in the City. The park will serve the low-income housing developments nearby, and will connect to a larger project called the Cross Alameda Trail that will allow users to cross the entire city by foot or bike.
City of West Sacramento. In 2015, worked with the City of West Sacramento to secure a $6.7 million grant through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program administered by the Strategic Growth Council and the Department of Housing and Community Development. The funding allowed the City to make necessary transportation infrastructure-related updated to support a new mixed use affordable housing project and a street car line servicing multiple cities in the region.
Community College Noncredit Coalition Building. Built a coalition of community college and adult education stakeholders across the State to take positions on issues pertaining to adult education funding and proposed policies. Through coordination of this coalition, successfully advocated for a change to the Governor's initial 2013-14 State budget proposal that addressed adult education in a way that was harmful to the funding for noncredit programs in community colleges. The change resulted in a final enacted budget that presented a favorable system for adult education and noncredit delivery that community colleges could fully support.