Overview

Ashley Walker is a Senior 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. Ashley excels at building strategic coalitions and leverages her deep rooted relationships in Sacramento to assist clients in forming meaningful collaborations.

Ashley 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.

Experience

Experience

North Orange County Community College District. Serves as the State advocate for the District and provides support for the District’s public policy priorities and grant needs. Maintains relationships on behalf of the District with the Governor's office, Legislature, legislative committees, and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, monitoring of legislation, regulations, and grant programs in a proactive manner.

County of Monterey. Serves as the State advocate for the County on all issues of priority related to the State budget, housing, water, social services, public safety, and natural resources. Provides local, state, and federal grant consulting services, including researching grant programs, assisting in the development of competitive applications and narrative, developing relationships with key decision makers and securing community and political support for projects.

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.

Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Nossaman's 2020 Water Webinar Series
    12.03.2020
  • Community Services Programs
    Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) 2020 Annual Statewide Conference
    2020
  • Telling Our Story: Helping Policymakers Understand Community Services
    Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) 2019 Annual Statewide Conference
    02.2019
  • Legislative Update
    Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) 2019 Annual Statewide Conference
    02.2019
  • ACCE Legislative Platform Review
    Fall 2018 Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) Northern & Southern Drive-In Workshops
    10.19.2018, 11.08.2018
  • Legislative Guidance & Advocacy
    Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) 2018 Statewide Conference
    02.08.2018
  • Legislative Update
    Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) 2017 Annual Conference
    02.02.2017
  • 04.29.2016
  • State Legislative Update
    Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) 2016 Statewide Conference
    02.26.2016

News

Organizations

Community & Professional

Member, Capitol Network

Member, Institute of Governmental Advocates

Member, Metro EDGE, Professional Development Committee

Education

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