Ashley Tsongas

Deputy to the Vice President of Programs

"Oxfam believes that poverty is usually, at its root, about imbalances of power, that change is possible, and that solutions require good ideas, courage and persistence. It works. There is no better feeling than getting momentum going behind brave people with good ideas and seeing change unfold.”

As Deputy to the Vice President of Programs, Ashley leads strategic initiatives and senior team development, and contributes to the Oxfam 2020 vision project. She joined Oxfam in 2005 as Media and Advocacy Officer in Ethiopia.  After Hurricane Katrina, she helped social justice advocates in Mississippi and Louisiana ensure a fair share of recovery resources for their communities. Since then, Ashley has become a senior strategic change manager, focusing on organizational development and strategy. Her roles have included Special Advisor to the Vice President of Policy and Communications, Interim Director of Communications, and Change Manager for a major reorganization of Oxfam’s program structure. 

Previously, Ashley spent two years in Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer. She holds a BA from Yale University and a Masters from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, specializing in development economics and comparative political analysis. She recently taught human rights-based approaches to program development at the Fletcher School.