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Ashley Carter

Director, Michigan Justice Fund, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Ashley Carter currently serves as Director of the Michigan Justice Fund, a philanthropic initiative designed to address issues of mass incarceration across the state of Michigan.

Before her current role, Carter served as Senior Attorney and Deputy Director in the Justice Project of Advancement Project’s National Office in Washington, DC, addressing oppressive systems of mass incarceration and policing by partnering with grassroots organizations to support their campaigns around these issues in cities across the country.

Carter also worked for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission as a Regional Manager, where she worked to restructure the public defender system across the state, and as a public defender in New York City with The Legal Aid Society, representing hundreds of clients with cases ranging from low-level violations to serious felonies.

Carter has been active in community engagement, including “know your rights” training for young people and adults, voter registration of inmates at Rikers Island, and mentorship development for the children of incarcerated parents in Brooklyn.

Carter attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.