Ashley James is an Environmental Health Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, working on the organization’s environmental education and outreach efforts. Her experience in environmental education includes an internship with the James River Association, where she published a peer reviewed article on the benefits of environmental education, and a year of service with AmeriCorps, teaching environmental education courses to youth and community members in Baltimore. Ashley also worked as a Research Assistant for the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, where she helped evaluate a food system education curriculum for grades 9-12. And she received a hands-on introduction to community organizing while interning with the Baltimore People’s Climate Movement.
Ashley holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Richmond. She is very passionate about environmental justice, and was involved in several environmental justice initiatives as a graduate student, including serving on the steering committee for what would have been the first and largest environmental justice conference in the Southeastern United States before COVID-19 led to its cancelation.