Ashley Santa Cruzann cuniff2019-10-21T16:19:10+00:00
Ashley Santa Cruz | Senior Account Executive
Ashley is a disciplined process-oriented professional with a strategic approach to building and implementing communications and outreach plans for clients. She has a deep understanding of how communities and government interact and uses her knowledge to overcome issues and help clients achieve their goals.
Ashley has extensive experience on a wide variety of client initiatives across industries and sectors on local, state, and federal policy issues. She works on the development and implementation of issue advocacy campaigns, grassroots advocacy, local and national coalition building and media relations.
Recent engagements: Ashley was part of the team for the successful Build South Central Campaign– a high-stakes public affairs campaign that was instrumental in securing the 6-2 Phoenix City Council vote to protect the $1 billion South Central Light Rail Extension in South Phoenix. Currently Ashley leads media conferences for the national Clean Car Campaign, generating media attention on this environmental impact issue in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She worked with Arizona Latino Leaders in Education to increase the number of Latinos appointed to the state’s boards of education and Basic Needs Coalition to strengthen awareness of human services in Arizona.
Prior to joining Resolute, Ashley worked at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center affiliated with Arizona State University, where she focused on public program and policy evaluation to mitigate health disparities in minority communities and improve quality of life. Ashley interned with the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, where she supported strategic planning, legislative advocacy and organizational development.
Ashley is also a part-time Faculty Associate at the Arizona State University. She teaches a graduate level course to students enrolled in the School of Social Work, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America – Phoenix Chapter, the third largest chapter in the nation. She was recently selected to participate in Arizona’s distinguished 2018 SheLEADS program, a competitive program for high-impact women invested in career success, community and each other.
She holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of Northern Iowa, and a MSW with a concentration in Policy, Administration and Communities from ASU.