Co-Chair, University Network for Collaborative Governance
Ashley Trim is the Assistant Director for Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute for Civic Engagement and Public Leadership. Ashley has worked in public policy at the local, state, and national level, for both governments and non-profit organizations. Her experience as communications specialist for the City of Lancaster, CA established her interest in public engagement while also offering insight into the challenges facing local government officials who wish to engage their residents. Ashley spent a gap-year after graduate school teaching in a low-performing public school, an experience which reinvigorated her interest in the potential of public engagement to address some of our most pressing public issues – especially at the local level. She is particularly interested in ways that stronger community associations and engaged residents can meet public needs both in partnership with and beyond government programs. She has written on themes related to these questions in The Front Porch Republic, California CityJournal, and Zocalo Public Square, among others. Ashley has a BA in Government from Patrick Henry College and an MPP from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.