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Ashley M. Munson – Young, Black Woman Crusader


By Ashley M. Munson

Ashley M. Munson serves as the Legislative Affairs Manager for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Ashley is a lobbyist who advocates at the State Capitol for the improvement of public education for primarily Black and brown students throughout the Illinois.

Prior to this position, she served as the Policy Coordinator for the Illinois Environment Council (IEC). At IEC, her work included establishing strong relationships among leaders in communities of color who are committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Ashley helped educate legislators and stakeholders on energy and environmental issues and continues to do the same for public education in the state today.

Munson started her career in Illinois as a communication staffer for the Illinois House of Representatives. Her role with the Illinois General Assembly provided research and analytical support to the Democratic House members, while learning the intricate systems of Illinois Government.

As a former campaign manager for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus, and graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, Ashley Munson is a uniquely blended community leader aiming to advocate and represent for people of color in any sector.

Social Media: Instagram: @ashleymmunson; Facebook: Ashley M. Munson; Twitter: AshleyyMunson.

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