“A deep-rooted belief that there is brilliance in every young person and that we must create opportunities for young people to achieve their highest aspirations draws me to the work of The Skillman Foundation every day.”
Ashlee Schmidt serves as the program officer for strategic alignment and execution at The Skillman Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ashlee began her career as an English language arts teacher in New York City through Teach For America. After completing her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, Ashlee worked at the U.S. Department of Education for several years. Most recently, Ashlee served as Director of Effective Educator Development Programs, overseeing federal discretionary grant programs focused on the development and retention of high-quality teachers and principals.
Ashlee also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and English from the University of Dayton.
Ashlee was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now resides in the Detroit Metro area with her husband, daughter, and dog. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, running, and reading fiction.
Areas of expertise:
Experience in the education ecosystem, project and process management, and maximizing efficiency and productivity.
How I can help partners:
Making connections with Program staff, providing information about grant inquiries.
Some of my favorite things:
Cooking, dogs, travelling, coffee, and watching my toddler learn new things.
How I reenergize:
Spending time outdoors: Running, hiking, playing with my daughter and my dog, and family bike rides.