Shena Ashley

Shena Ashley

Dr. Ashley uses research to help nonprofits, governments and foundations achieve outcomes that contribute to healthy, thriving, equitable, inclusive and connected communities.
Her work blurs the boundaries between academia and practice with a strong orientation toward community-engaged scholarship.

Dr. Ashley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration andInternational Affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where she teaches graduate courses on the nonprofit sector and also on quantitative research methods.
Her research is focused in the areas of grant making effectiveness and nonprofit management. Her research has been published in several journals including Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, New Directions for Evaluation and American Review of Public Administration.

Prior to joining the Maxwell School in the fall of 2009, Dr. Ashley combined her academic experience with a professional career as the Director of the Research and Policy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site. At the foundation, she led the performance tracking and evaluation activities of a major place-based community change initiative that integrated workforce development, education reform, and housing stabilization to provide opportunity for the most vulnerable families living in five of Atlanta’s most distressed neighborhoods.

Dr. Ashley continues to actively apply her academic expertise and professional experience through sustained engagements with both domestic and international foundations and nonprofit organizations in performance measurement, strategic planning and community change.