Paul Ashton, chair of the Board, is the Development & Research Associate at the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to “justice reform and promoting policies that improve the well-being of all communities.” He has written several white papers for JPI, including Moving Toward a Public Safety Paradigm: A Roundtable Discussion on Victims and Criminal Justice Reform, Gaming the System, The Education of D.C.,Rethinking the Blues, and Fostering Change.
Prior to joining JPI, Ashton worked as a sexual assault victim advocate, conducting research examining intimate partner violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. He also served on the policy committee of the Delaware HIV Consortium. Ashton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Response Coalition, a grassroots organization that works to heighten awareness of intimate partner violence among LGBTQ individuals. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Delaware.
Ashton was appointed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and confirmed by the District Council in October 2014 and sworn in on December 22, 2014.