Director of TC NEXT
Ashley Smallwood is the Director of TC NEXT. In this role, Ashley works alongside the team to bring to life TC NEXT's vision of student-centered, holistic career and professional support.
Ashley comes to TC with 15 years of experience in education, human-centered design, and strategy. Most recently, Ashley ran a consulting practice called Looking Glass Strategy, where she consulted with educational institutions and mission-driven organizations to bring human-centered strategy, messaging, and processes to their work.
Ashley began her career in consulting at creative firms IDEO and Clear USA, where she managed key client relationships as well as business development. She was one of the first 60 employees at fast-growing startup Tough Mudder, where she led the Creative Team.
In 2014, Ashley left her private sector career to pursue one in education. In 2015, she graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Education with a Masters in Education, specializing in Learning and Teaching. After graduating, she spent two years as a 7th grade English teacher at Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, a formative experience that led to her forming her consulting business to support students and the adults who serve them.