Ashley Williams Clark

UNC Charlotte
Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, and interim director of ISC


Ashley joined the Institute for Social Capital in July after completing her masters in city and regional planning at UNC Chapel Hill, where she specialized in housing, community development, and real estate.

Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. in their Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and was the Director of Operations for the Urban Institute Academy. As the Data and Research Coordinator for ISC, Ashley serves as project coordinator for assigned research projects through ISC and will have primary responsibility for managing the disposition of data requests through ISC’s Data and Research Oversight Committee (DAROC), and will serve as a liaison between researchers and DAROC.

A native of Maryland, Ashley is enjoying learning about Charlotte and making it her home.


Ashley holds her masters in city and regional planning from UNC Chapel Hill and her bachelor's in urban studies from Washington University in St. Louis.


Ashley has five-plus years of experience working on issues related to affordable housing, community development, neighborhood planning, policy research, and data analysis.


    Jul 11, 2016
    A recent report finds that in the Mecklenburg County metro area, a minimum-wage worker must work 92 hours a week to afford rent and utilities for a basic two-bedroom apartment.
    Apr 27, 2016
    The most recent count of homelessness in Mecklenburg County—undertaken on one night in January— found overall homelessness had decreased by 36 percent since 2010.
    Nov 23, 2015
    As part of a continuing series of reports on housing and homelessness in Mecklenburg County, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute researchers looked at homelessness and veterans.
    Oct 27, 2015
    Almost half of Mecklenburg County’s rental households are cost-burdened, a new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute finds. That means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. 
    May 15, 2015
    How is Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s homeless population changing? The new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Point in Time Count for 2009-2015 describes who is experiencing homelessness.
    Dec 10, 2014
    The first recipient of a faculty research grant from the Institute for Social Capital, Inc. (ISC) will be Dr. Mason Haber, assistant professor in the UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology.
    Dec 05, 2014
    ISC out and about UNC Charlotte Urban Institute / Institute for Social Capital graduate assistants Charles Warner-Hillard and Alyssa Brown present a poster about ISC at the UNC Charlotte fall 2014 University Business Partner and Faculty reception co-hosted by CRI and the Charlotte Regional...
    Nov 11, 2014
    Charlotte is now a partner in a national effort to develop and use neighborhood information systems in local policy making and community building. 
    Jul 23, 2014
    News and updates from the Institute for Social Capital including notes about staff, data, research, grant opportunities and community partners. (Photo: Addie Balenger)
    Apr 08, 2014
    What are the characteristics of homeless people in Mecklenburg County? Has that changed over time? A new analysis by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing and the Homeless Services Network, examines the 2014 Point in Time Count in Mecklenburg County. (Photo: Mary Gaertner)