R. Ashley Jackson-Dawkins
Senior Associate, Reproductive Rights
Ashley has assisted the LGBTQ+ community in the South by designing, planning, and organizing campaigns to shape public policy affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. She works with community members, business owners, elected officials, and stakeholders to raise awareness of issues affecting LGBTQ+ people, including racial justice, intersections of communities, and youth-led organizing. Ashley served as the first Alabama State Director for the Human Rights Campaign and the first LGBT Community Advocate for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ashley has Business and Marketing degrees from Hinds College and attended Auburn University Montgomery for Sociology and Political Science. Ashley co-founded the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition in 2008 and served as the director for three years Ashley is also a board member for The Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBT Institute. Ashley was named a New Civil Rights Leader: Emerging Voice in the 21st Century by the L.A. Times. She’s a Mississippi native currently residing in Atlanta, GA, with her wife and daughter.