Ashley Allison is the executive director of Waco Foundation, where she manages all aspects of a $95 million community foundation with the mission of improving the quality of life in McLennan County. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts in economics at Baylor and a Master of Arts in political science from West Texas A & M University. During her early career, she worked at a Council of Governments writing grants for public infrastructure projects through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Since 1994, she has worked in the community foundation field, including a total of nine years of service with the $150 million Amarillo Area Foundation where she left as vice president, and two community foundations in the Boston area where she was president & CEO. During her career, she has raised over $25 million in grants and contributions for various community foundation efforts.
Ashley is a member of the Waco Business League and Waco Leadership Forum. Locally, she serves on the boards of Start Up Waco, Rotary and Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leaders, and she is a member of the Prosper Waco Financial Security Steering Committee and the City Center Waco Organization and Policy Committee. Her past board service includes the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Ashley is engaged in regular advocacy work related to charitable tax policy and pre-K education at the state and national level. She also served nationally as faculty for the Council on Foundations Community Foundation Fundamentals Course. Ashley is a graduate of Leadership Waco (class of 2009) and Leadership Texas (2000).