Ashley David, MFA & PhD

Getting an early start.

Getting an early start.

Ashley David, MFA & PhD, has collaborated with individual, organizational, and institutional clients in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors for 20+ years.

She combines an unusual range of skills culled from experiences as an entrepreneur; marketing, communications & project management professional; teacher/mentor/coach; and creative writer/artist & scholar to provide innovative solutions with measurable results for her clients. Clients span the globe and include individuals and firms in the U.S., México, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Poland.

Core Skills

  • Creative, Strategic & Entrepreneurial Thinking/Writing/Envisioning
  • Project/Team Development
  • “Oddball” Management (AlternaStaffing to maximize resources)
  • Culture Shift & Process Improvement
  • Qualitative Research


  • Diversity & Interdisciplinarity
  • Innovation & New Markets
  • Scaling Up/Down
  • Integrated Communications across Media
  • Holistic Strategy/Sustainable Solutions


  • Stanford University: AB in Anthropology with Departmental Honors (1988)
  • New York University: MA in Anthropology & Certificate in Culture and Media (1997)
  • University of Michigan: MFA in Creative Writing (2006)
  • The University of Georgia: PhD in Creative Writing & Literature (2013)

Representative Achievements

  • Entrepreneur: founded two communications/marketing consulting businesses, a dot com (angel round 1MM), and numerous community development programs and initiatives
  • Marketing, Communications & Project Management Professional
    • Proven track record managing complex projects, 15+ direct reports, and geographically dispersed teams, domestically and abroad
    • Authored communications and project strategies/materials to diversity audiences, increase profitability, enhance reputation, and gain competitive advantage
  • Teacher/Mentor/Coach: Instructor of record for 25+ university classes in subjects ranging from anthropology to creative writing to literature to business communications and workshop leader in a variety corporate and community settings
  • Interdisciplinary Artist & Scholar: Publication credits and awards in poetry, creative nonfiction, and film/video/radio plus anthologized scholarship and journalism credits

Representative Endorsements

Ashley is very talented, and her excellent interpersonal and communications skills make her an excellent meeting/working-session facilitator.

Luc Olivier, Jr.
Consultant, Wells Fargo

I would like to simply emphasize what a special person Ashley is — I have never seen such a diverse and creative combination of talents in one person.

Rebecca A. Ranninger
Chief Human Resources & Executive VP (ret.), Symantec Corporation


    • Spanish: professional competency
    • French: reading knowledge
    • Polish: A2/B1 (elementary)

Clients/Employers (representative list)


  • Women in Higher Education/Jossey Bass, a Wiley Company–remote
  • University of Michigan/Michigan Quarterly Review–remote
  • Institute for African American Studies at UGA & Mandala Journal–Athens, Georgia
  • Athens/Clarke County Schoo System–Athens, Georgia
  • Athens/Clarke County Agriculture Teacher Education–Athens, Georgia
  • Mama Bird’s Granola & Shared Kitchen–Athens, Georgia
  • Pamela Kohn Productions/Stolen Girls–Athens, Georgia
  • Vermont Studio Center–Johnson, Vermont
  • SEARCH, S.C.–Warsaw, Poland


  • Stanford University/Continuing Studies/Alumni Association–Stanford, California
  • UC-Berkeley School of Public Health–Berkeley, California
  • UC-San Francisco Department of Neurology–San Francisco, California
  • Language Systems International–Querétaro, México
  • PictureME–New York, New York
  • JDSUniphase–San Jose, California
  • HP 3PAR, Inc.–Freemont, California
  • Complete Pictures/Johan Klehs for California Controller–San Leandro, California


  • Citibank Funds Transfer Network–New York, Wilmington, Buffalo, London
  • NatWest Bank–Jersey City, NJ
  • SeniorSource.com–New York, New York and Berkeley, California


  • WoodenBoat Publications–Brooklin, Maine
  • Syzygy Theatre Company–Los Angeles, California
  • EarthSea Institute–Sausalito, California
  • Yayasan Kusuma Buana–Jakarta, Indonesia



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