Fellows Network

Ashley Lanfer

Independent Consultancy, Consultant

Boston, Massachusetts

Ashley is raising three young children and consulting with nonprofits in the Boston area. For the past seven years, she was a Portfolio Manager for Strategic Grant Partners, a foundation that provides pro bono business and strategic planning support, as well as funds, to its grantees. Ashley’s grantmaking areas included family self sufficiency, early childhood, and youth development. Currently, she is assisting one of her former grantees, the Centering Healthcare Institute, through a period of organizational change and growth.

Prior to her work with Strategic Grant Partners, Ashley’s work focused on communities and their use of public open spaces in the city of Boston. She conducted research among Boston’s immigrant communities and co-wrote a publication through the Barr Foundation: Immigrant Engagement in Public Open Space. She also directed a Boston-wide campaign to promote and improve Boston’s open space system, which culminated in a 40-site event with 3,000 volunteer participants.

Sudan has become another focus of Ashley’s love and commitment. In 2004, Ashley joined with five other Boston-area women to form My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian action group that aims to support women in South Sudan returning to their homeland after years of enslavement during the 21 year civil war between north and south. My Sister’s Keeper has grown from an entirely volunteer-run undertaking to an established nonprofit that has built a girls’ school and is training and connecting women leaders in Sudan and the Diaspora who are determined to establish and sustain peace. Ashley serves on the organization’s Board.

Selected Publication
Ashley, with Madeleine Taylor, authored Immigrant Engagement in Public Open Space: Strategies for the New Boston, published in 2005 by the Barr Foundation.

Updated February 2012.