Ashley Gallegos is the Belonging Coordinator at the Institute. She is the first to hold this new role aimed at building out real-world applications related to the “othering and belonging” conceptual framework. She is excited build out the position and to apply research on belonging towards the development of strategies to operationalize it. 

Ashley came to OBI from Denver, Colorado where she worked in Healthcare and Public Health. She has a fierce commitment to the community and to solving the worlds biggest and most complex problems. Operationalizing equitable practices has been the focus of her work within administrative teams and across organizations. She believes that systems are in deep need of redevelopment that is rooted community engagement, community advisement and power-sharing. While in Denver, Ashley partnered to build a community centered COVID-19 response plan to better meet the needs of communities who have historically and currently been marginalized by healthcare systems and disaster response. She has partnered with community members, community based organizations, governmental agencies and healthcare systems with the goal of co-creating practice change and advancing towards necessary change. 

Ashley has a bachelors degree in Communications Studies and a Masters of Healthcare Administration. She believes in healing past, current, and future lineages to build a better present and future world. Ashley enjoys reading, playing games that challenge the mind, soaking in the sun, rooting into the earth and continually growing.