R. Ashley Jackson is an activist, advocate, fiber artist and program management consultant. Ashley assists the LGBTQ+ community in the South by designing, planning and organizing campaigns to shape public policy affecting them. She works with community members, business owners, elected officials and stakeholders to raise awareness of issues affecting LGBTQ+ people including racial justice; intersections of communities and youth led organizing. Ashley served as the first Alabama state director for the Human Rights Campaign and the first LGBT community advocate for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ashley co-founded the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition and served as the director for three years and co-founded QYLTS (Queer Youth Leading the South) Activist Summer Camp. She served as a board member for the Alabama Safe Schools Coalition, Equality Alabama, the National Safe Schools Roundtable and was a member of Race Forward’s first ever Better Together Southern Cohort – a coalition working towards racial justice in LGBTQ+ communities in the south.