Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson is a Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation. Johnson supports the Education Program, which funds student-focused postsecondary access and success efforts that remove barriers to postsecondary degrees for traditionally marginalized populations.

Before joining the foundation in 2021, Johnson served as the founding Executive Director of Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) and the Director of the Detroit Promise, where she led Detroit’s citywide college access network and worked to create equitable pathways for postsecondary access and success on behalf of Detroit students and families.

With over 15 years of experience in K12 and higher education, she also held positions with the University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways program and as a high school teacher.

A native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, she earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in K-12 Education Administration with a specialization in Urban Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi.