Director of Operations
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Ashley Miller spearheads execution of Catalyst’s comprehensive fundraising plans, manages grants and contracts, supports member services work, and ensures the viability of organization-wide operations. She is also a key partner with Philanthropy California for state-wide resourcing needs. She brings to the role a decade of experience in advancement, finance, communications, strategy, and policy research in non-profits, government, and higher education. Ashley has extensive experience administering grants from federal departments (Education, State) as well as international bodies and private foundations.
Ashley comes to San Diego by way of Seattle where she served most recently as a grants manager at the University of Washington. Prior to that, she spent six years at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. where her portfolio included governance, democracy, human rights, security, and U.S.-Cuba relations. At the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ashley supported social policy toward vulnerable groups in the Western Hemisphere, specifically the LGBT community, women, and youth. Ashley co-leads Catalyst’s Equity Committee and is a steering committee member of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy San Diego chapter.