As an empowered parent in Indianapolis Public Schools, Ashley Thomas exemplifies Stand Indiana’s work. Ashley began her engagement with Stand as a parent participant in our Stand University for Parents (Stand UP). After graduating, she became a parent leader and donated countless hours to the organization. Her passion for greater parental involvement in IPS made her the perfect person to become Stand Indiana’s Family Engagement and Organizing Specialist. Ashley grew up in Indianapolis and her desire to educate others was encouraged at a very young age by her entire family. She became a tutor for children in her neighborhood and went on to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification through Purdue University. Ashley has three children and she’s working every day to ensure they all have access to great schools.