Ashley van Waes joins the GHD program with over four years of development experience. She began her career as a research assistant for the International Association for Feminist Economics. She then moved on to work as a disaster relief caseworker for the American Red Cross in New Orleans, where she assisted clients that had undergone tragedy to offer guidance on next steps and community resources available to them. This formative experience led her to pursue a dream of building resilient communities abroad. She moved to eastern Uganda, where she worked with Women’s Microfinance Initiative to provide reliable financial services to thousands of rural businesswomen. She worked closely with staff to invest program revenue into social impact programs including girls’ education, computer literacy, family planning, and GBV-prevention programs. Most recently, Ashley joined Namati to work on legal empowerment issues affecting communities from Buenos Aires to Yangon. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in International Business and minors in Economics and Spanish. Ashley looks forward to strengthening her understanding of gender issues in displaced communities, with a focus on Latin America, while at Georgetown and beyond.
Ashley van Waes
Class of 2020