Ashley Williams Clark

UNC Charlotte
Assistant Director, Institute for Social Capital


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.


    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)
    Apr 08, 2014
    What are the characteristics of Mecklenburg County’s homeless population and how has it changed over time? To try to answer those questions, Mecklenburg County each year performs the Point in Time (PIT) Count, a federally mandated act to determine the prevalence and characteristics of homeless...
    Feb 13, 2014
    On Jan. 29, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County attempted to get a count of all the people in the community who were homeless that night. As a volunteer in this effort, I was forced to reflect on my own definition of home. (Photo:  Mary Gaertner)
    Oct 04, 2013
    The Institute for Social Capital's mission is to provide social resources that advance university research and increase the community’s capacity for data-based planning and evaluation. Find out about the ISC's recent activities, new staff and learn about the organization and structure of the institute in this quarterly newsletter.(Photo Wade Bruton)