Ashley Williams, is the Associate Director of EDvance at San Francisco State University where she leads program evaluation, dissemination efforts, and develops and coordinates experiences designed for early childhood workforce members focused on ECE leadership. She has worked in the ECE field for 15 years and started her journey as a student in a service learning program at SF State and continued in the field as Preschool Teacher and Head Start Center Director.
Ashley has experience with ECE policy and systems building as she served as a Senior Analyst with a focus on policy and systems building and alignment in relation to quality and workforce for the SF Mayor’s Office of Early Care and Education. She has a multifaceted skillset that ranges from her experience working as an Instructor for the Department of Child and Adolescent Development at SF State and as a previous coordinator of EDvance lower division programs where she focused on designing and implementing educational pathways and programming to engage and recruit future early childhood educators.
Her professional work extends internationally as she co-led a summer study abroad service learning program in ECE settings in the Vrygrond Township of Cape Town, South Africa. Ashley is a student in the SF State Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and her research interests include innovative and transformational approaches to ECE teacher preparation and professional enhancement, promising practices for creating meaningful and impactful learning experiences for children of color that are culturally sustaining, and unpacking and disrupting inequities in ECE that impact children’s school readiness and the overall family experience with early learning.
Ashley has been recognized for her professional and academic work on behalf of the ECE field and has received honors such as the Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence from the Graduate College of Education at SF State and the Dr. Violet B. Robinson Award from the California Kindergarten Association.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development from and a Master of Arts in Education, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from SF State University.