Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams joined the CSCCE team as the Senior Policy Analyst where she tracks, analyzes, and translates state and national ECE policy development with a particular focus on issues related to early educators. She is the former Associate Director of EDvance, an ECE teacher preparation program at San Francisco State University. Over the past 16 years, Ashley has worked in several roles in ECE including serving as a Jumpstart Corps Member where she started her ECE journey. Ashley continued on to become a Preschool Teacher, Head Start Center Director, and early childhood teacher educator at the undergraduate and master’s level at SF State. She has experience with ECE policy and systems work, serving as the Senior Quality and Workforce Analyst for the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education. Her professional work also extends internationally as she has co-led a summer study abroad service learning program in ECE settings in the Vrygrond Township of Cape Town, South Africa. Overall, Ashley’s daily work and research is rooted in contributing to ECE systems in ways that dissolve and resolve inequities in ECE that negatively impact children, families, and educators. She is in her final year in the SF State Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and earned both her BA in Child and Adolescent Development from and a Master of Arts in Education, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from SF State as well.