National Urban League Applauds Hire of Hazeen Ashby to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

April 20 2017
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 20, 2017) – Today, National Urban League Washington Bureau Executive Director Don Cravins, Jr. released the following statement applauding the hire of former staff member Ms. Hazeen Ashby as Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology, Minority Staff:
 
“We at the National Urban League are overjoyed with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology’s recent hire of Hazeen Ashby as their Senior Counsel. For five years, Hazeen led the National Urban League Washington Bureau’s technology and telecommunications policy work as a director, and worked tirelessly to advance our agenda with our partners in those industries, the Administration and on Capitol Hill.
 
“While this hire is a tremendous loss for the National Urban League, we are ecstatic to see her continue to work on critical policies in our nation’s most influential legislative body. Hazeen will be an excellent addition to the U.S. Senate, not only because of her expertise, but also for her commitment to advocating on behalf of the underserved. 
 
“Throughout the National Urban League’s history, our foundational principles have rested on the idea that qualified people of color must have equal access to jobs and opportunities that will empower them and their communities. We have made it a priority to raise awareness around the Senate’s lack of staff diversity in leadership positions by continuing to advocate for practices that guarantees full representation in policy-making decisions. We are pleased to see the Senate slowly improve its diversity record, and proud that one of our own now has a seat at the table.”  
 
Hazeen Y. Ashby is the Senior Counsel for the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In this capacity, she will serve as the chief counsel for the Minority Staff. Prior to arriving on the Hill, Ms. Ashby was the Director for Technology & Telecom Policy at the National Urban League. In that role, she monitored policy developments related to technology, telecommunications and the decennial census as well as directed advocacy strategies advancing the Urban League's legislative agenda in those areas.  Before joining the Urban League, Ms. Ashby was the Senior Policy Counsel for the Culture Program at Third Way, a centrist think tank.  At Third Way, she specialized in immigration policy. Prior to Third Way, Ms. Ashby was the Associate Director of Student Chapters at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), where she managed the programming and growth of ACS’s nationwide network of law student chapters. Ms. Ashby earned her J.D. from the Howard University School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University.
 
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