Ashley Sparhawk

Executive Assistant & Awards Program Manager

Ashley Sparhawk is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and GLOBAL’s Awards Program Manager. 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 three annual organization member award programs which provide much-needed funding to local Down syndrome organizations, the GLOBAL Education Awards, Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Awards, and the COVID-19 Emergency Relief GLOBAL Awards.

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 is proud of the work GLOBAL achieves to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome.

In 2020, Ashley was awarded 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 going up to the mountains, traveling, catching up on the latest tv show, and spending lots of time with her family and friends.

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