Ashley R. Blanchard, MSW, is a public policy and research analyst for a children’s advocacy coalition and has been leveraging data to inform practice and facilitating in developmental processes to aid community improvement efforts for over seven years. Ms. Blanchard has a passion for aiding in the eradication of systematic and structural racism and biases, international social work, and is focused on multi-level interventions through community-based participatory research. Ashley has been published across several mediums on social justice, youth homelessness, and socioeconomic indicators of wellbeing for children and families. She has served as a consultant to institutions on grant writing, health disparities research, and political advocacy in social work in addition to leading presentations around New England on these topics. Ashley is also involved in pro bono leadership roles around Connecticut such as serving as Chair of the National Association of Social Work CT Chapter (NASW/CT)’s Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee and Co-Chair of NASW/CT’s Education & Legislative Action Network (ELAN). Ms. Blanchard is a political social worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.