Ashley Barrett

Executive Director, Godley Family Foundation

Ashley Barrett works with the trustees of the Godley Family Foundation to identify and support innovative, scalable and equitable solutions to critical challenges in the areas of global health, climate action and gender equality, primarily in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

Throughout her career as a grantmaker, consultant and fundraiser, she has dedicated herself to linking innovative ideas to the resources to help them take root and grow. She has worked on launching major new initiatives for nearly two dozen nonprofit organizations, health systems and social enterprises focused on issues including women’s health, behavioral health, nutrition, food security and violence against women. She has overseen domestic and international programs for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As a delegate to the U.N. Crime Commission, Ashley worked with representatives from 22 countries to develop international protocols to assist victims of crime and abuse of power. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Echoing Green fellowship and is an active member of the Network of Engaged International Donors (NEID), Environmental Grantmakers Association and other donor networks.

Ashley received a master’s in social welfare policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Clinton White House. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and family.


International Grantmaking: Trusting Relationships are Critical to Success

Posted on March 10, 2023 by Ashley Barrett, Sylvia Brown, Jenny Kelly, Kimberly Myers Hewlett

Systemic challenges, such as climate change, racial justice and gender equity, exist beyond the borders of the United States. Philanthropic families seeking to ramp up their international giving face a variety of challenges and opportunities, including identifying partner organizations and building trusting relationships with them. Join us to learn how to be an effective international funder and concrete steps to… Read More