Ashley Marie Aidenbaum, associate program officer, supports the Foundation’s Economy impact area. Prior to this role, she served as special projects manager for the Foundation’s Office of the President.
Ashley has dedicated her career to supporting leadership in worthy efforts. Before joining the Foundation in 2014, she spent six years helping to grow the Detroit-based media company Issue Media Group. 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 place-based revitalization work.
Ashley came to the Foundation with a passion for promoting literacy in Detroit as a key to a healthy democracy and a functioning city. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in cultural anthropology and a minor in history. She advocates for parks, libraries and great public spaces that promote community and civic engagement. She lives in downtown Birmingham and serves as the vice president of the Baldwin Public Library’s Board of Directors. Ashley is also a published author in the Michigan Journal of History.