Daniel O. Ash is associate vice president of community impact at The Chicago Community Trust. He is responsible for the Building Collective Power (BCP) strategy, which aims to advance equitable, livable and resilient neighborhoods within under-invested Black and Latinx communities. Grant making from the BCP portfolio supports community organizing, community-center journalism and storytelling, and resident designed and driven campaigns.
Ash previously served as the Trust’s chief marketing officer from 2013 to 2019. In the role, he directed brand strategy and communications, spearheading the development of On the Table, an ongoing civic engagement and dialogue platform design to center and amplify resident voice and create greater civic connectedness across the Chicago region.
Prior to joining the Trust, Ash spent 10 years as vice president at Chicago Public Media, production home of WBEZ/91.5FM (Chicago’s primary NPR station). Ash was responsible for the organization’s two largest revenue categories—corporate sponsorship and individual giving—and led double-digit growth during his tenure. Additionally, he oversaw marketing and strategic partnership. He was a key voice in shaping Chicago Public Media’s overall strategic focus.
Ash’s professional career has been focused on developing and using marketing, communication and development programs that advance social change. He has worked exclusively in the nonprofit sector on issues including poverty, adolescent health and HIV/AIDS care and prevention. The early stage of his professional career included leadership roles at Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Chicago Department of Public Health, Center for Family Policy and Practice and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.
Ash earned a M.P.P. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Economics from Oberlin College. He also completed a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton University.