Youth participation charity appoints former Barack Obama campaigner as next CEO

Young Citizens has appointed a former Barack Obama election campaigner as its next chief executive.

The education and social participation charity has announced that Ashley Hodges is to lead the organisation.

Her previous roles include being staff member of the campaign team in Pennsylvania for Barack Obama’s successful presidential election campaign in 2008.

She has also been transitional chief executive at Access Ed, the university access organisation for under-represented young people.

In addition, she was chief executive of UK social mobility charity Speakers for Schools from 2010 to 2019.

“Leading organisations with innovative education and social action programmes is my heartland and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the future strategy at Young Citizens and take us into our next phase of growth,” said Hodges.

“Engaging with citizenship, democracy, community and participation in civil society has never been more important for young people.

“I am committed to mobilising the next generation and empowering young people to play an active role in the society we are shaping. I am looking forward to working with our partners and championing our work to increase our reach and impact for young people nationally.”

Young Citizen’s chair Edge Watchorn added: “Ashley is an exceptionally talented and passionate leader; I know her energy, deep expertise and the community, cross-sector approach she has in her DNA, will help us build a stronger and more effective organisation.”

Hodges replaces Tom Franklin, who was appointed chief executive of the Magistrates Association in April.

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