Ashley Pesi


Ashley Pesi, born and raised in Pittsburgh, is Program Manager of the Auberle Employment Institute, which provides workforce development services to Allegheny County and local surrounding counties. Ashley, started at Auberle as an intern back in 2016 and was quickly hired on as a case manager in the Employment Institute. In the past seven years, Ashley has focused on workforce development needs with clients, local businesses, and organizations. She has worked with over 500 clients to support them with barriers to employment by building relationships with her clients. Ashley works at a grassroots level when it comes to recruitment and supporting clients in the community. Ashley focuses on the whole person, not just the barrier to employment, to be able to support them fully. When not working, Ashley is the Fundraising Chair of the Huntington's Disease Society of American for the National Youth Alliance (NYA). Through her advocacy, Ashley supports youth and young adults who are connected to Huntington's Disease and leads fundraising initiatives to allow NYA members to attend annual conventions and retreats. This year will be Ashley's third year as an adjunct professor at Chatham. She also teaches at Salem University and the University of Pittsburgh's Masters of Social Work program. Ashley also sits on the Alumni Advisory Board for Pitt Social Work. Currently, Ashley is a Ph.D. student at Robert Morris University. She is working to obtain her degree in Instructional Leadership & Management. Her research focuses on gaps in social work around education, employment, and poverty in a rust-belt community.

  • Current Ph.D. student; Robert Morris University
  • M.S.W. University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. of Science: Criminal Justice; California University of PA
  • Certificate in Human Resources Management, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2022, Huntington's Disease Society of American: HDSA Youth/JHD Award
  • 2022, Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness Award
  • 2022, Individual Superhero: Non-Profit Organization: Northside/North Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • 2019, California University Inaugural Under 40 Recognition
  • 2018, Women of Achievement Award: Mon Valley

Spending time with my daughter, husband and family, cooking new recipes, and watching Hulu.