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Ashley Smith is a planner, analyst and consultant with experience in community and transportation planning, policy analysis, and nonprofit management. Through her career and studies, she has focused on transportation equity, economic development, and infrastructure development and finance.

She currently directs the Elmwood Village Association, a nonprofit community development organization in Buffalo, NY.

She has composed best practices research and analysis on transportation and infrastructure projects and co-authored two reports, Intelligent Paratransit and Subway Ridership 1975-2015, with the Rudin Center. As an independent planning consultant, she has composed Complete Streets Policy Guides and reports for municipalities in the Western and Central New York regions.

Ashley is a strong supporter of open data initiatives and a believer in the power of informed collaboration to produce meaningful change from the grassroots level.

Ashley holds a B.A. in English from the University at Buffalo, where she wrote her honors thesis on Ecology in modern American literature, and a Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Ashley received an AIANY Heritage Ball Award in honor of the Rudin Family in 2016 and the Robert Berne Leadership Award from NYU Wagner in 2017.

Pictured: Buffalo, NY seen across Lake Erie from Lakeshore Rd. Old Fort Erie, CA.