Ashley Currence is a proud graduate of Malone University located in Canton, OH. There she earned the honors of All-American, was a multi-year National Champion in track and field, and in 2008 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 2013, Ashley participated in the Malloy College Spanish Literature and Culture Summer Institute in Long Island, New York and in 2014 obtained a Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Northwestern State University. Ashley is a graduate of Faulkner University where she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities with a concentration in English Language and Literature.
A life-long Stark County resident who began her experience in the government sector in 2007 as an intern in the Department of Legislative Affairs at the American Kennel Club located in Raleigh, NC, Ashley holds over 12 years of technical writing, public relations, marketing communications, web development and management, and print and digital design experience. With previous positions at the Stark County Board of Commissioners and City of Canton Mayors’ Office, Ashley possesses an extensive background in government relations and compliance.
In 2014, Ashley joined Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority and in her role as Director of Planning and Development she strives to lead the effort to plan and develop rehabilitation and new construction projects to better the lives of the residents in Stark County. Ashley works closely with the Executive team, staff, governmental agencies, and community organizations to secure funding, build partnerships, and develop long-term development strategies to ensure the sustainability and viability of SMHA’s housing portfolio.
Ashley serves as Vice President of the Lake Senior Housing Board, is Secretary of the Hunter House, LLC Board, and Secretary of Progressive Housing Solutions Inc. She is a Rotary member and serves on the Canton Regional Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee. A published novelist and poet, Ashley has written articles for several magazines, scholarly journals, and fiction anthologies. She, along with her 10 year old daughter, actively participate in volunteer and community-based activities in the Canton community.