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#PolicyProfile: Ashley Stracke MPP ’23

Jun 02 2023
By Brittany N. Murray
Source Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

“When I was a kid, I had a front-row seat to see how many families who had someone with special needs ended up struggling and how the government often provided them with a lifeline and support in one way or another. It inspired me to go into public service, and I moved from Texas to Los Angeles to study at USC. From the moment I went to LA, I fell in love with the city and wanted to give back in some way. I began working for the City of Los Angeles in 2008 and spent most of my career working in the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti."

Much of my work focused on aligning department operations with the Mayor’s long-term goals and priorities by empowering the workforce with strategies and tools to re-think traditional approaches to service delivery. I got to see the creation of new parks, a new affordable and inclusive youth sports program (PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports​​​​​​​), and greater support for Angelenos experiencing homelessness."
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I was also heavily involved in the City’s response to COVID-19 — getting people vaccines, providing childcare to first responders, and helping seniors get meals during the pandemic. The Mayor's administration ended in December, so it was a good time to make a change and try something new by coming to SPIA. I specifically wanted to learn more about international relations. In the next chapter of my career, I’m interested in using diplomacy to bring people together, bridge divides, and solve some of the world’s most serious challenges, such as climate change.”

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