Ashley Williams Clark

UNC Charlotte
Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships

Biography

Ashley is Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. She joined the Institute for Social Capital, part of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, after earning a 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 its Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and was the director of operations for the Urban Institute Academy. While she was data and research coordinator for ISC, Ashley served as project coordinator for assigned research projects through ISC and had primary responsibility for managing the disposition of data requests through ISC’s Data and Research Oversight Committee (DAROC), and was a liaison between researchers and DAROC.

She is a Maryland native.

Education

Ashley has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Expertise

Affordable housing, community development, neighborhood planning, policy research, and data analysis.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 13, 2017
    Homelessness and housing instability affect the family, health, academic and social-emotional well-being of homeless families with children. This study of homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg finds that more than 4,000 students are homeless or unstably housed.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 21, 2016
    What are other communities doing to address the need to develop affordable housing in their communities? A new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute presents 12 affordable housing strategies other cities are using.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 21, 2016
    What are other communities doing to address the need to develop affordable housing in their communities? A new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute presents 12 affordable housing strategies other cities are using.
  • plancharlotte.org
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.