Santa Clara University

Ashley Armstrong

Ashley Armstrong is a junior at Santa Clara University with a major in Anthropology and minors in Economics and International Business, and she is a scholarship player on the women?s basketball team. Additionally, she works as a research assistant for the Department of Anthropology and is conducting research on food justice issues in the Bay Area. Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Ashley has always valued service whether it was building houses in Mexico, volunteering at homeless shelters, or coaching youth sports. The fellowship appealed to her because it was a chance to work in the development community and experience both the challenging and rewarding aspects of such work. Ashley most valued the opportunity to connect with other people, develop her Spanish speaking skills, and learn about a different culture. Ashley wants to continue to work in the field of social entrepreneurship because it reconciles her competitive nature and sense of solidarity. Next year Ashley is attending University of Cambridge in England to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies and continue her research about how microfinance alleviates food insecurity. She aspires to start her own social enterprise one day and hopes to consult later on for the World Bank or United Nations.