Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery is a policy, peacebuilding, and advocacy professional. She is an experienced researcher, analyst, and strategist. As the Associate Director, Policy & Advocacy with C&SN, she is responsible for supporting the organization’s policy goals through advocacy, research, collaborative efforts with partner organizations, and outreach.
Ashleigh started her career in social service roles supporting women experiencing homelessness and abused children in the U.S., which developed her drive to close the gaps between policy and those most impacted by policy.
She has since built extensive experience in international affairs, including: comparative evidence of inclusion best practices in peace processes with Afghanistan women’s civil society; qualitative research and recommendations to support the foundations of the Namibian International Women’s Peace Centre; advocacy and implementation of gender provisions in the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) 2018 with a South Sudanese civil society coalition; research and policy recommendations on UN peacekeeping operations in Palestine, Israel, and Syria; policy and advocacy recommendations to the UN Security Council for Iraq’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; access to justice and rule of law programming in Nigeria; sustainable development and resource advocacy with the indigenous San community in Botswana; and program design for gender equity projects in Burundi and Timor-Leste. She has also co-developed an organizational Women, Peace, and Security strategy.
Ashleigh approaches her work through a collaborative, inclusive, intersectional, and decolonial lens.
She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, specializing in Women, Peace, and Security, and Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Minor in Theatre, from the University of California, San Diego.