Carolyn Ash, Ed.D.

President and Founder

Dr. Carolyn Ash is a passionate leader, skilled in building meaningful working relationships and developing exciting learning opportunities for young people and adults. She combines expertise in educational leadership, equity and access, and organizational development with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. In addition to her 20 years in the education and nonprofit worlds, she is backed by solid credentials, including a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.), Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Education, with a specialization in curriculum development, and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Psychology. Most recently, Dr. Ash was the Director of Upper School Admission and Financial Aid at her alma mater, Colorado Academy, a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade independent day school in Denver. In addition to her admissions work at Colorado Academy, Dr. Ash was an Upper School advisor, which entailed meeting several times a week with a racially diverse group of students and providing support to the students and their parents for the students’ entire four-year high school careers. Dr. Ash also provided strategic leadership to the school administration and faculty in the area of diversity and inclusive excellence by working in partnership with her colleagues on curriculum development, special programs, community outreach, multicultural hiring and student and family support. Prior to working at Colorado Academy, Dr. Ash was the Executive Director of The Spirituals Project, a multi-faceted nonprofit arts and education organization housed at the University of Denver dedicated to keeping the history and music of the African American spirituals tradition alive. She came to The Spirituals Project after serving as Director of Research and Program Development for the Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), an educational consulting firm based in San Francisco, California dedicated to transforming educational systems into racially-conscious and socially-just environments. During her professional career, Dr. Ash also served as Program Director for the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), a national coalition of more than 20 racially-integrated, urban-suburban school districts throughout the U.S. that are working to eliminate the gaps in achievement between students of color and their white peers.