Ashley Marie Aidenbaum
Ashley Marie Aidenbaum, associate program officer, joined the Foundation in 2014, originally as a special projects manager in the Office of the President. Before joining the Foundation, Ashley spent six years helping to grow the Detroit-based media company Issue Media Group. As group publisher and director of business development, she drove the company’s expansion into new markets and helped to build their capacity. Prior to that, she worked as a policy consultant for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority through Public Policy Associates in Lansing, supporting former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Cool Cities Initiative and other place-based revitalization work. She came to the Foundation with a passion for promoting literacy in Detroit as a key to a healthy democracy and a functioning city. Ashley graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in cultural anthropology and a minor in history. She advocates for parks, libraries and great public spaces that promote community and civic engagement. She lives in downtown Birmingham and serves on the board of directors for the Baldwin Public Library.