Ashley Wirth-Petrik (Ash) ( she/her) graduated with her BA from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, with a double major in Psychology and English in 2011. During her time at Hamline University she was a News Reporter for the campus newspaper, was a New Student Mentor to incoming freshman students two years in a row, and received creative writing awards. She believes two of her superpowers are: asking questions and noticing details. She loves celebrating and honoring complexity, seeing and naming the 'both-and', listening to body wisdom, and seeing the power in humor. She believes all meaningful work should be grounded in collective liberation. She is an identical twin and loves sharing space with two cats in her life. She truly loves celebrating and connecting others.
Ash has worked in the nonprofit field for nearly a decade and has experience working with people who have experienced trauma and addiction. She has experience as a direct service advocate, mentor and supervisor, administrative support, support group facilitator, trainer, editor, outreach support, and project support. She engages with her work through the models of harm reduction and being trauma-informed and disability-informed. She has experience with crisis intervention, de-escalation, safety planning and assessing for and finding resources and referrals. Her main roles had her supporting the Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders teams, the Legal team, and the Volunteer and Intern Department. She loves being part of a team and really enjoys working with interns. In recent years she has started putting intentional energy into local politics, especially as it relates to Minneapolis and Hennepin County.