Ashley Cornelius-Hester

Director of
Development/Communications

About Ashley

Ashley has been working on social justice issues since the early 2000s and has been directly advocating for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and children/family services since 2013. Her educational and professional background spans areas of criminal justice, American politics, and public administration. She is especially passionate about advocating for racial, LGBTQ+, and reproductive justice. Although she has worn many hats in her career, her true passion is in making things beautiful. (And while we have your attention, Ashley kindly requests everyone STOP USING COMIC SANS. It is not a font, it’s a travesty.) This, combined with her self-taught photography and graphic designs skills, led Ashley to shift her work from direct service to communications and fundraising seven years ago.

She has been at the helm of several hugely successful fundraising campaigns. These include the Tinsel Trail of Tuscaloosa, a signature community holiday display that has doubled during her tenure and now incorporates three events. She has also worked with Families Helping Families, a capital campaign raising $1 million for Tuscaloosa’s One Place, A Family Resource Center. Her Type-A personality and wealth of knowledge and skills has served her well in leadership roles in the Alabama Coalition Against Rape and the Domestic Violence Task Force of Tuscaloosa County. Ashley has been recognized as Tuscaloosa’s Top 40 under Forty and is a recent Leadership Tuscaloosa graduate.