Executive Director, Leadership & Staff

Ashley Allison is the executive director of Waco Foundation, where she manages all aspects of a $135 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 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 and Rotary, and she is a member of the Behavioral Health Leadership Team and the City Center Waco Organization and Policy Committee. 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).

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