Ashley is a seasoned professional currently serving as the Senior Associate of Market Transformation at the Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC), a distinguished nonprofit committed to driving impactful change. In her role, she spearheads initiatives that collaborate with policymakers, the building industry, and consumers to pioneer zero-emission lifestyle solutions, effectively eliminating reliance on fossil fuels and contributing significantly to the reduction of climate pollution.
Collaborating seamlessly with the team, Ashley plays a pivotal role in convening state policymakers, manufacturers, industry associations, and other stakeholders. This collective effort aims to negotiate and execute a comprehensive strategy for the phased transition away from gas appliances.
Ashley’s influence extends to implementing BDC’s thermal network coalition organizing activities across the U.S. This involves facilitating meetings, crafting compelling presentations, and fostering relationships with key players in the field, including natural gas utility companies. Her expertise lies in thermal networks, which are innovative, neighborhood-scale heat pump and waste heat recovery systems strategically situated within existing gas utilities’ right-of-way.
Furthermore, Ashley supports the in securing commitments from manufacturers, policymakers, environmental justice groups, and labor groups across multiple states. Her dedication is evident in coordinating the Market Transformation working group, where she manages scheduling, prepares comprehensive agendas, takes and disseminates notes, provides regular email updates, identifies necessary tools and resources, and meticulously tracks responsibilities.
Acknowledged for her ability to solicit and incorporate feedback from diverse stakeholders, including manufacturers, policymakers, builders, developers, equity groups, and labor groups, Ashley serves as the esteemed relationship manager for one or more of these critical stakeholder groups. Additionally, she represents BDC’s interests in national dialogues, engaging with key stakeholder groups and working collaboratively with partners to bring their perspectives to the forefront.
Prior to her impactful tenure at BDC, Ashley led the implementation of the ULI Net Zero Imperative, a groundbreaking multi-year initiative aimed at accelerating decarbonization in the built environment. Her journey began as a Sustainability Project Manager at LivCor, a Blackstone Portfolio Company. In this role, Ashley played a pivotal role in establishing the foundation for the multifamily firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) department, driving sustainability programming forward with passion and precision.
Ashley holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, and a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a LEED Green Associate, Fitwel Ambassador, and a Green Globes Emerging Professional.
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Hilton Austin, Room 406, Floor 4
Climate change and housing affordability are two primary challenges that communities and the real estate industry are facing nationally. The pressure to create new housing supply as well as retrofit older, affordable housing combined with the increased demand for electrification and its infrastructure can appear daunting, but there are approaches that can prioritize both. Learn from seasoned professionals on innovative strategies to decarbonize our housing without sacrificing affordability. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.