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Office of Community and Economic Development

Staff Spotlight: Ashley Abrahamson

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Ashley Abrahamson joined the OCED team in July 2019 as their Communications Coordinator. She grew up in Kingsburg, CA, where her grandfather owned a small farm. She graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a BA in Linguistics, and is currently a Master’s Candidate in the Fresno State C&I program.  Before working for OCED, Ashley worked as a student assistant for the California 4-H Statewide Program, and then as a Community Education Specialist for CalFresh Healthy Living, UC. Ashley is very enthusiastic about OCED’s mission to connect the community to the university, which she hopes to leverage in her new role .

What was your first job?

In high school I worked as a dog washer and janitor at a Dog Grooming shop in my hometown. I did it for three years. It was hard work, but it was so great to spend the whole day with dogs. I gained a lot of skills and learned a lot about myself during those summers. 

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

I just started watching Derry Girls. It is a funny and sweet coming-of-age comedy. Before that I was watching The Act on Hulu - so spooky!

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

I have never traveled outside the country! I promised myself that when I graduate I will take a big trip to Greece, and maybe Italy and Spain too.