BIOGRAPHY

Councilwoman Ashby is a graduate of Sacramento High School and obtained her B.A in Sociology with an emphasis on Law and Society from the University of California at Davis and her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. 

 

She owns a consulting firm she started with her father, the focus of which is to build programs for populations with barriers to success. She and her husband live in Natomas with their two young children. They have an adult son who also lives and works in Sacramento. 

 

Councilwoman Ashby established herself as a citywide leader and has served the community as an advocate for youth, economic development, public safety, establishing  infrastructure, championing citywide diversity and equity, and supporting programs for women and children - particularly those experiencing homelessness.

Councilwoman Ashby’s colleagues have selected her to serve as either Vice Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem of the City an unprecedented seven years. Councilwoman Ashby is also the longest standing member of the Council and has served over half of her time in office as the only female representing the City of Sacramento. During that time she also took her spot in Sacramento’s history books by becoming the first to give birth while elected to office. 

 

  • Named the 5th Assembly District Woman of the Year in 2012 and;

  • Sacramento Magazine and Sacramento News and Review have each named her as a top elected official and;

  • The Sacramento Business Journal selected her for their prestigious 40 under 40 Award which recognizes leaders and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 and;

  • The Governing Institute of Washington, D.C. selected her as one of 25 National honorees, recognized as women leaders in Government from across the country

  • Sacramento Business Journal’s 2017 Women Who Mean Business Recipient

  • Fem Dems of Sacramento 2017 Community Leader of the Year Recipient

  • 2018 St John’s Women & Children’s Shelter Advocate of the Year, Champion for Change Award

Councilwoman Ashby has served on many boards and commissions, including:

  • City of Sacramento Budget and Audit Committee

  • City of Sacramento Personnel and Public Employees Committee

  • Member, Sacramento Public Library Authority

  • Member, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

  • President, Downtown Sacramento Revitalization Corporation

  • Association of California Water Agencies

  • Member, Sacramento Regional County Solid Waste Authority

  • Governing Institute’s California Leadership Forum Advisory Board

  • Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission

  • Sacramento Waste Authority

  • Sacramento Regional Transit

  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)

  • City of Sacramento Budget and Sudit Committee 

  • City of Sacramento Law and Legislation Committee

  • City of Sacramento Personel and Public Employees Committee 

  • City of Sacramento/County of Sacramento Two By Two

  • Downtown Sacramento Partnership Board of Directors

  • Powerhouse Science Center Board of Directors

  • California League of Cities, City of Sacramento representative

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