Ashley Simpson Baird
Director, Research and Policy, Briya Public Charter School
Ashley Simpson Baird, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Policy at Briya Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Briya is a two-generation school serving parents and their preschool age children across four locations in the District, three of which co-locate with Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center. At Briya Dr. Simpson Baird conducts research studies and program evaluations, develops school-level policies, and leads local advocacy efforts to further Briya’s mission. In 2021 she was elected to serve as a member of the Alexandria City Public School Board. Dr. Simpson Baird is a former English Learner and bilingual education teacher. She is widely published in mass media outlets, practitioner publications, and peer-reviewed journals. She holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University (B.A.), the School for International Training (M.A.T.), and the University of Virginia (Ph.D.). She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and three children.