Ashley Washington is an author, researcher, and advocate from Macon, GA. Motivated by her personal experiences growing up as a low-income and first-generation student, she started a free tutoring program while in high school for others like her in her community before attending Brown University. A QuestBridge Scholar and a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Ashley studied biology at Brown on the pre-medical track and continued to be an advocate for access and equity in education. She became a college prep counselor and continued to tutor other students. After graduation in 2017, she returned to Macon and focused on expanding educational resources and opportunities to others. She transformed her high school tutoring program into a 501c3 nonprofit organization, No Closed Roads Inc., that offers free tutoring and college prep services to low-income K-12 students through a network of tutors and college prep counselors.
In addition to being the founder and CEO of No Closed Roads Inc., Ashley serves on the advisory board for a local college, Miller-Motte, is a published literary writer with short stories in the anthology Discover Why I’ve Led You Here, and is a biomedical science researcher while preparing to attend medical school.