Ashley Sparhawk

Executive Assistant & Grants Program Manager

Ashley Sparhawk is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and Global’s Grants Coordinator. She is responsible for assisting with multiple tasks and multi-faceted projects, including but not limited to calendar and time management, overseeing event and travel logistics, managing talent and donor relationships, and establishing and implementing processes and protocols for all staff. Ashley also manages Global’s two annual grantmaking programs which provide much-needed funding to local Down syndrome organizations, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants and the Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants.

Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ashley worked as Office Manager at her family’s construction supply company. She always dreamed of pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, and in 2013 Ashley joined the Global team. She thoroughly enjoys working for the Foundation and is proud of the work Global achieves to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome.

In 2019, Ashley was was one of six finalists for The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence through the Denver Metro Admin Awards. This award is the Admin Awards’ most prestigious honor and it celebrates the professionals who best embody the “spirit” and proficiency of one of the most admired (former) admins, Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines.

Ashley is a Colorado native, and in her spare time she enjoys homebrewing, relaxing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, son, family, and friends.

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