Ashley Johnson is a graduate student in the Global Human Development program focusing on energy, environment and climate change. She spent her summer interning with USAID’s office of Economic Growth and Trade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she worked on the Power Africa Initiative. Ashley received her bachelors degree from Colorado College where she was awarded the Robert William Kaye prize as the student with the top GPA in Economics and Business. Following graduation Ashley spent several years working for a consulting firm in Denver as an analyst evaluating sponsorship contracts for corporate clients both domestically and internationally. With an interest in developing her international career, Ashley joined the Peace Corps in 2009. She worked as a Community Economic Development Volunteer in Cameroon focusing on building entrepreneurship skills for youth and adults by teaching business courses in her local community. During her time in the Peace Corps Ashley also developed an interest in using sports as a tool in development work. Following the completion of her service in the Peace Corps, Ashley began work with PeacePlayers International; managing their program in Cyprus using the game of basketball as a tool for conflict transformation. During her time in Cyprus, Ashley had the opportunity to work on consulting projects in the Middle East and North Africa including working with The United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peacebuilding facilitating leadership seminars for young leaders from over 20 different countries.