Ashley earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2014. Immediately following the trans-America run, she taught middle and high school mathematics in Washington, D.C. She is currently a Senior Education Program Manager at the American Chemical Society.
In August, 2015, Ashley began volunteering as an Emergency Medical Responder at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. She aims to complete EMT training in the spring of 2016.
Ashley ran a 50k race in May, 2015. She completed the JFK 50 miler in November, 2015, and is looking into 100 mile races for the fall of 2016.
As a native of Portland, Oregon, an active member of the community and an athlete, Adam has experienced and shared in the joy and importance of community engagement.
In Oregon, Adam encouraged healthy communities by volunteering as an EMT, teaching outdoor education to youth, and working on legislative policy issues in the Oregon State Legislature. In Washington, D.C. Adam engaged in transportation, energy and community issues through his work at Transportation for America, The National Complete Streets Coalition, the Pew Charitable Trusts and with America Walks.
Prior to his professional work, Adam ran track at the University of Oregon and has since competed in multiple marathons. He received his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Willamette University.
Through Run2Connect, Adam hopes to search for ways to connect individuals, support communities and encourage improvements to our public systems.
The mission of Run To Connect, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in Portland, OR, is to facilitate meaningful interaction between and within communities. The organization aims to support initiatives that promote engagement with communities through personal interactions at a pace that allows for thorough questioning and communication. Run To Connect works to determine whether shared community interests are being reflected by current policies.