Ashley Jackson is a North Carolina Actionist with We Got Us Now, a national organization built by, led by, and about children of incarcerated parents. As a Charlotte native, she is passionate about becoming the change she would like to see in her community.
Additionally, Ashley’s retail company, Gift Box Shop intentionally help incarcerated individuals stay connected to friends, family, and loved ones through the act of gift-giving. She uses her own experience of growing up with a father who has been federally incarcerated for non-violent drug-related offense since she was 6 months old to become a resource for those directly impacted by mass incarceration. Gift Box Shop has allowed Ashley to use her creativity, empathy, and personal insight to play a role in reducing recidivism, one gift at a time.
Ashley also serves as a Program Assistant for “LifeWorks!” within The Center for Community Transitions, which provides individuals with criminal records with a variety of resources and tools necessary to reach their professional and personal goals. She is also a Direct Support Professional for those with intellectual disabilities in the Charlotte area.