Ashley gibson

Grants Associate

For over 7 years, Ashley has grown a passion for the behind-the-scenes development work sustaining critical missions that fill the gaps in systems that exclude and neglect our communities in so many ways. Her journey here to The Brotherhood Sister Sol began as a child, when she herself had to learn difficult lessons about her own identity to dismantle harmful ideas and find peace within herself. That historical education grew into a strong interest in politics, which brought her to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Journalism, Ashley began her nonprofit career in development roles focused on institutional fundraising through grants, digital individual fundraising campaigns, and events. At her very first job with a small startup, the company unexpectedly ran out of money for staff salaries halfway through the year, sparking the urgency to shift from curriculum development to grant proposals – time to start writing! She has been focused on the task at hand ever since, while also searching for a long-term home that meets the call of political and values alignment and professional growth. Ashley is extremely excited to join The Brotherhood Sister Sol team!

Ashley has just previously served as Development Manager for the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, and she has worked for a variety of other nonprofits in Baltimore, D.C., and New York City, including the Arab American Association of New York, 826DC, Center for Employment Opportunities, and Veterans in Partnership.

Originally a native to the wonderful city of Baltimore, Ashley has developed somewhat of a love affair with New York City, which isn’t difficult to do. She spends her free time building community with friends, traveling when possible, learning Spanish, organizing small political education projects in her work with the NYC Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, spending way too much time with her partner, and listening to podcasts while cooking. She’s looking forward to exploring the community at and around The Brotherhood Sister Sol and serving this transformative mission to uplift black and brown youth.