Senior Policy Analyst
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Dr. Ashley Williams is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at UC Berkeley. In her role, she tracks, analyzes, and translates state and national ECE policy development with a particular focus on issues related to the early education workforce. She is the former Associate Director of EDvance, an ECE teacher preparation program at San Francisco State University. Over the past 16 years, Ashley has worked in several roles in ECE including serving as a Jumpstart Corps Member where she started her ECE journey. Dr. Williams continued on to become a Preschool Teacher, Head Start Center Director, and early childhood teacher educator at the undergraduate and master’s level at SF State. She has experience with ECE policy and systems work, serving as the Senior Quality and Workforce Analyst for the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education. Her professional work also extends internationally as she has co-led study abroad service learning program in ECE settings in the Vrygrond Township of Cape Town, South Africa and in Auckland, New Zealand. Overall, Dr. Williams’ daily work and research is rooted in contributing to ECE systems in ways that dissolve and resolve inequities in ECE that negatively impact children, families, and educators as outlined in her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.
She recently earned her doctorate degree from the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at SF State University where she also earned her BA in Child and Adolescent Development and a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.