Ashley Marie Aidenbaum, program officer, supports the Foundation’s Economic Well-Being impact area. She joined the Foundation in 2014.
Prior to her current role, Ashley worked to strengthen the leadership, strategic communications, and project management of the Foundation’s Office of the President, playing a critical role in the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren. She has dedicated her career to placed-based efforts. Before joining the Foundation, Ashley spent six years helping to grow the Detroit-based media company Issue Media Group, which publishes Model D in Detroit and has covered the city’s growth, investment, and community leadership for over a decade. As group publisher and director of business development, she drove the company’s expansion into new markets and helped to build their capacity. Prior to that, she worked as a policy consultant for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority through Public Policy Associates in Lansing, supporting former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Cool Cities Initiative and other urban revitalization work.
Ashley came to the Foundation with a passion for social justice and literacy. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in cultural anthropology and a minor in history. During her time at U of M, she had formative experiences with economic activism. Ashley serves as president on the board of directors for the Baldwin Public Library. An unabashed self-development nerd and wellness enthusiast, she enjoys reading, running, weightlifting, and is dedicated to veganism. Ashley is also a published author in the Michigan Journal of History.