Ashley Bliss Lima is a senior program manager on JFF’s postsecondary team. In this role, she delivers policy and advocacy services and technical assistance to states within the Student Success Center Network, conducts policy research and analysis, consults and advises state partners on policy, and supports the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success.
Before joining JFF, Ashley was the assistant director in the Office of Strategy and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. She was responsible for coordinating strategic initiatives related to presidential and institutional priorities; conducting research and policy analysis; developing and stewarding partnerships; and supporting strategic communications efforts. She was also the University Innovation Alliance Fellow, representing UT Austin in a partnership with public research universities that were developing and driving innovations to serve first-generation and low-income students. She also served as assistant director of research and policy in the Office of the Vice President and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin.
Ashley’s career started as a field organizer on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and on several other state and national political campaigns. She also worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázaquez, a Democrat from New York City, and at an international public affairs firm in D.C, where her clients included federal agencies and nonprofits.
Ashley has a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves on the boards of IGNITE, a nonprofit that encourages political engagement in young women, New Leaders Council – Austin, and the Goldman School of Public Policy Alumni Board. She is a certified children’s yoga instructor and lives in Austin, Texas.