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Ashley Trim

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Ashley Trim (MPP '09) is the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. She began her career in public engagement as a communications specialist for the City of Lancaster, CA, where she worked with various city departments on public engagement and information efforts. This experience provided insight and understanding of the challenges and fears facing local government officials who wish to engage their residents. In her current position, Trim writes and speaks about public engagement and transparency issues for local and online news organizations, Davenport Institute training, and national conferences. She also coordinates Davenport's grant programs, training seminars, and events and oversees the Institute's research and engagement projects. She co-designed and serves as an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government, launched in 2017. Trim spearheads Davenport Institute collaborative partnerships with various organizations committed to improving engagement between citizens and government. In this capacity, she is currently serving as chair of the University Network for Collaborative Government for the 2016-2018 term.


  • MPP, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
  • BA, Patrick Henry College


  • Local Government
  • Public Engagement


  • Leadership through Public Engagement