Ashley Holmes is a native of Richmond, Virginia and alumna of the University of Florida. In 2005 she graduated with a degree in public relations and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. She spent more than eight years on active duty and currently is a major and public affairs officer in the US Army Reserve. Before joining WIIS, Ashley substitute taught in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, and interned at the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Ashley is pursuing a M.A. in Global Communication (Information and Communication Technology in International Affairs and Development) from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Her areas of interest include ICT4D, ICT for disaster relief/emergency response, and media for conflict resolution. She is also a communications and policy intern at TechFreedom.