Ashlei Spivey

Program Officer
Thriving Places


I was born and raised in the heart of North Omaha and am a proud graduate of Omaha North High Magnet School – Go Vikings! I attended Jackson State University, a historically black college and university, on a volleyball scholarship, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Then I attended University of Texas at Arlington for my Master’s Program in Urban Social Planning. I returned to Omaha after living in Spain, Texas and Mississippi, because I knew there were disparities in the city that I loved, and I wanted to create positive impact in the place I call home.

I have a passion for helping my community, challenging injustice, and creating sustainable system change. Because of that, I have spent the last decade of my professional career working in spaces from workforce development to education to diversity, equity and inclusion. I began my career working for a charter school in Dallas, Texas that was located in an area deemed the most disinvested zip code of the city. This was one of the many experiences that opened my worldview to systemic inequities. Most recently, I was the Director of Talent and Diversity Officer at local nonprofits. I currently sit on the board for the Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professional Council and Urban League Young Professionals.

The most important thing you should know about me is that I am a mother of a handsome little boy, Naasir, and guardian to my amazing sister Yaasmyn.