Ashley Lynn Priore currently serves as the founder, inaugural president, & CEO of Queens Gambit, a national nonprofit using chess to teach strategic leadership, and in turn, give youth the tools they need to change the world. Ashley has been featured and recognized for her work using chess to combat society’s biggest issues in Elite Daily, Katie Couric Media, Forbes, and USA Today. An awarded chess player in her own right, Ashley is known for her fierce leadership in creating gender equity in chess education.
At 22, Ashley’s list of accomplishments are long. In 2019, she founded Y’22 (A Youth On Boards Movement) to advocate for intergenerational diversity on nonprofit boards. In her role as President, Ashley educates, empowers, and supports young leaders (under 25) to join nonprofit boards and trains nonprofits on best practices for board leadership. In 2020, she founded Youth Political Strategies, the first youth-led campaign strategy firm in the country, in response to the lack of youth engagement in the 2020 Presidential Election. As a founding partner, Ashley has consulted numerous campaigns on policy and voter outreach as local as City Council to national offices such as Congress and Presidential campaigns.
Ashley resides in Pittsburgh, PA and in her free time, contributes to major publications including the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, and MS Magazine. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English and Political Science.