Ana Garcia-Ashley

Ana Garcia-Ashley is the first woman of color in America to head an international community-organizing network.  As Executive Director of Gamaliel, she spearheads efforts to assist grassroots leaders of racially diverse, multi-faith community organizations in the U.S. and abroad to become independent forces for tackling local issues. She joined Gamaliel in 1992 as the lead organizer of MICAH in Milwaukee, where she led one of the most successful campaigns in Gamaliel's history, winning a $500 million commitment from local banks to invest in affordable housing, enabling 7,000 low-income families to buy homes. She also founded Gamaliel's statewide Wisconsin affiliate, WISDOM. Long considered a "rising star" by veterans in her field, Garcia-Ashley accepted her latest role at Gamaliel in 2011. Her deep sense of organizing as a ministry, her interest in the relationship between faith and politics, and her status as a naturalized immigrant dovetail perfectly with the goal of Gamaliel to serve as a community of people living out our faith and values to collectively transform our communities and bring about justice locally, nationally and globally.