Racial Equity Council

Through the Racial Equity investment area, NewSchools is investing $1.5 million in innovators with bold ideas to alleviate racial inequities in education. Instead of a traditional grantmaking approach, this is the council, comprised of parents, students, and education innovators, making the decisions.

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Ashley Edwards

Ashley Edwards

Social Entrepreneur

Ashley Edwards is Founder and CEO of MindRight Health. In 2020, Ashley became the first Black female founder to raise over $1 million in venture capital in New Jersey. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur and her thought leadership in mental health innovation led Forbes to name her one of the top “Healers” set to influence the next century. Before MindRight, she served as Director of Operations of a high school in Newark, New Jersey. Ashley holds a MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University, where she was a recipient of the Miller Social Change Leadership Award. She graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s in Economics. Ashley is a proud resident of Newark, where MindRight is headquartered.