AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Criminal Justice and Policing Reform
- Reproductive Justice
- Women in politics
- Young voters
- NARAL Nevada
- Planned Parenthood Nevada
- American Cancer Society
- Vera Institute of Justice
- EMILY’s List
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Policy Link
- Future Coalition
- Campaign Zero
- Texas Organizing Project
- Georgia Alliance
"Gay Gen Z Er wants to be Virginia’s youngest state delegate." LA Blade.
"Youth Voter Turnout in the 2022 Midterms Shows Strong Support for Democrats, Abortion Rights." Teen Vogue.
"How Gen Z agencies wooed Democratic voters: ‘Young people are nervous to trust politicians’." The Guardian.
"The defense Democrats aren’t using against Republicans’ soft-on-crime attacks." Vox.
"White House faces disaster with young voters." The Hill.
"Two long weeks: Inside Biden’s struggle to respond to abortion ruling." The Washington Post.
"Young Democrats are upset with party's response on abortion." The Washington Post.
Youth Politics Table Discussion
Young Voters Maryland Gubernatorial Forum
As a Research Manager, Ashley Aylward synthesizes findings across projects to inform client strategy and research with the most up-to-date perspective on target audiences and issue areas she specializes in, including policing reform, reproductive justice, and young voters.
She is currently working on her Master’s in Data Analytics and Policy with a concentration in political behavior at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the HIT team, she worked with a multiple political campaigns in the Greater Chicago Area to successfully flip congressional, state, and county level seats from red to blue while working for the JB Pritzker for Governor Campaign. Ashley served as a Research Specialist at the University of Chicago Survey Lab prior to joining HIT.
Ashley first got her start in public opinion polling by researching perceptions of trust and women’s representation in the Maryland State Legislature, which is what led her to work at the Goucher Poll for the majority of her undergraduate career. While at Goucher, Ashley worked to increase youth voter turnout and engagement by organizing young voter forums on campus. In 2018, she received the Sarah T. Hughes Award for Practical Politics from Goucher College and the Democrat of the Year Award from the Maryland College Democrats for both her work in polling and political organizing.