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Ashley Furst

Director of Business Development & Community Engagement

Ashley believes that people are more than their worst mistakes and that breakdowns can become breakthroughs. As a justice-impacted individual herself, she understands the unique needs that the population faces upon reentry and the power of second chances.

Prior to this role, she was the Senior Program Manager for Employment Opportunities at the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ). She worked on the award-winning Unlock Potential hiring program, bringing in businesses to support hiring from the Opportunity Youth population, as well as Second Chance Hiring. During her time at RBIJ, she also published a “roadmap” designed to drive the adoption of Second Chance Hiring within businesses entitled “Hiring Justice-Involved Talent; Practical Steps to Becoming a Second Chance Employer.”

Ashley currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Colorado Fair Chance Hiring Initiative. She has spent over 10 years in the Marketing & Communications world working for non-profits in a variety of industries and holds an MS in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in English from Towson University.