Politic365 Profile: Ana Garcia-Ashley

Name: Ana Garcia-Ashley

Title/Occupation: Executive Director

Organization: Gamaliel Foundation

What Makes The Person A Game Changer: Ana Garcia-Ashley is the first woman of color in America to head a national community organizing network. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1958, Garcia-Ashley was just four years old when she began canvassing in a rural village as part of a public safety campaign headed by her grandmother, a neighborhood activist. She joined Gamaliel in 1992 as the lead organizer of MICAH in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she led one of the most successful campaigns in Gamaliel’s history: winning a $500 million commitment from local banks to invest in affordable housing. As a result, 7,000 low-income families in Milwaukee were able to buy homes. Garcia-Ashley also founded Gamaliel’s statewide Wisconsin affiliate, WISDOM.

To learn more about Ana Garcia-Ashley and Gamaliel, visit http://www.gamaliel.org/.