Ethan Ashley BIOGRAPHY
Ethan Ashley was born and raised in Compton, California. At the age of 16, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, a law magnet high school in Los Angeles, California. After high school, he continued his education at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Juris Doctorate by the age of 22.
While in DC, Ethan worked for Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. During his studies at Howard and after the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ethan dedicated over a week's worth of service each year since 2006 to the city of New Orleans. To continue his efforts of rebuilding New Orleans, Ethan, immediately after graduation, moved to the City to work as an organizer, program director, and lobbyist at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, where he was tasked with running their project to end juvenile life sentences in the state of Louisiana. In this position, Ethan worked in a legal, organizational, and policy-based capacity. Ethan's passion to change the infamous school-to-prison-pipeline is what motivated his career change into the field of education.
For two years, Ethan worked as the New Orleans Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options, where he was tasked with organizing, fundraising, and developing programs focused on increasing high quality educational options for black youth who come from low income and working class families. In September of 2014, Ethan Ashley joined the Urban League of Greater New Orleans as the Director of Community Engagement. In this position, Ethan leads an educational community program called Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD), a criminal justice juvenile alternative program called Community Coaching, the Katrina 10 working groups, and various speaking and civil engagement activities. With regard to service, Ethan is a board member of Youth Run NOLA, a local non-profit organization focused on empowering underserved youth through running, and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, a voluntary bar association whose mission is to balance justice and effect change. Ethan also directs a voluntary literacy program at the Youth Study Center. He is a proud member and mentor for the Son of a Saint, a non-profit focused on enhancing the lives of fatherless young males. Ethan is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. Ethan is a 2013 New Leaders Council fellow as well as a fellow of the WK. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. In addition, Ethan is a member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and is a strong advocate for youth justice, civil rights, and servant leadership.