Young Citizens Chief Executive, Ashley Hodges, has been selected as one of 25 UK delegates to attend 2022’s British American Project conference in Minnesota.
The British-American Project is a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,200 leaders, rising stars and opinion formers from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views.
It aims to celebrate and encourage Anglo-American relations by giving participants the opportunity to test their limits, learn from the perspectives and experiences of others, and challenge (or be challenged) on their own assumptions about the world.
This year’s delegates include a senior director at Twitter, a sculptor, an MP, and an astronaut.
Ashley, who grew up in rural Ohio, moved to the UK in 2009 to study for a Masters at London School of Economics after her roles in communications then later as a community organiser with the Obama campaign in Pittsburgh.
She has since led a number of UK education initiatives including helping launch and scale journalist Robert Peston’s social mobility charity Speakers for Schools, before taking on the Chief Executive role at Young Citizens last June.
Michael Maclay, former chair of Trustees at Young Citizens and former Advisory Board Chair of the British American Project, commented:
‘I was delighted and very impressed to hear that Ashley had been selected to attend the Minnesota BAP Conference. BAP is a wonderful forum for exchange of ambitious ideas and practical initiatives, with a strong tradition of social engagement. I am sure she will have much to contribute’.
This year’s Minnesota conference will be particularly prescient in the wake of harrowing incidents of police misconduct against Black citizens in Minnesota. Delegates will come together to discuss racial and social justice and how we can reform broken institutions and systems.
You can find out more about the British-American project here: britishamericanproject.org