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Ashley Johnson

Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation

Ashley Johnson is a Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation. Ashley supports the Education Program which funds student-focused postsecondary access and success efforts that remove barriers to postsecondary degrees for traditionally marginalized populations.

Before joining the foundation in 2021, Ashley served as the founding Executive Director of

Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) and the Director of the Detroit Promise, where she ledDetroit’s citywide college access network and worked to create equitable pathways for

postsecondary access and success on behalf of Detroit students and families.


With over 15 years of experience in K12 and higher education, she also held positions with the University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways program and as a high school teacher.


A native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, she earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in K-12

Education Administration with a specialization in Urban Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of

Mississippi.

Ashley Johnson
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