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Ashley is a vice president at FoodMinds, a division of PadillaCRT. FoodMinds provides consulting and communications services specializing in harnessing science, public affairs, food values and communications to meet business and public health objectives.
She joined FoodMinds after spending more than six years in the Public Relations/Social Influence practice at MullenLowe where she established the nutrition communications capability after being the first registered dietitian brought on staff at the agency.
Prior to making the leap to agency life, Ashley spent two years as a clinical nutrition specialist for the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Epilepsy Program, where she collaborated on research studying the efficacy of dietary therapy for epilepsy.
She serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Tufts University for the online certificate program, Nutrition Science for Communications Professionals and engages with her local nutrition community as Treasurer-Elect of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association.
Outside of the office, Ashley can be found cooking up a storm or in the yoga studio continuing the quest to perfect Downward Dog.
Ashley is a dietetics graduate of University of Delaware and became a registered dietitian in 2008. She completed her master of science in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University.
Ashley is a registered dietitian with a passion for healthy living. Her areas of expertise include translating scientific research into digestible news bites, issues management and providing strategic guidance to food and nutrition clients.
Throughout her career, Ashley has presented at academic meetings, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) as well as the National CACFP Association Conference, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Physiology and Behavior and Epilepsia.