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Ashlei Spivey

Program Officer, Entrepreneurship
Ashlei Spivey

Ashlei Spivey is a program officer – entrepreneur support organizations in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages a broad grant portfolio that addresses systemic inequities that impact entrepreneurial success in the Heartland, as well as a peer-learning community designed to encourage collaborative, regional entrepreneurship support and strategy development.

Previously, Spivey was a program officer for Peter Kiewit Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio of $15M, led internal diversity and inclusion trainings, and created and led a philanthropy professionals of color network for the Omaha metropolitan area. Spivey started her career as a community organizer as well as worked in the organizational development space as a diversity officer and director of talent. She is founder and chair of I Be Black Girl Collective, a 2019 ABFE Fellow, a board member for ACLU Nebraska, and was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Omaha Women’s March.

Spivey attended University Texas of Arlington for her master’s program in urban social planning and has a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the Jackson State University. Most importantly, she is a mother, neighbor, partner, and friend.