Ashley Beard-Fosnow
Executive Director
Brief info

Ashley’s serves as the Executive Director for the Missouri Humanities. Her duties include development, advocacy, and management. Previously, Ashley served as the Executive Director of American Public Square. Prior to that role, she conducted research, program evaluation, and community assessments for institutions such as the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the City of Kansas City’s Health Commission as an independent contractor for UMKC’s Public Affairs Department. Ashley has worked for various nonprofit organizations throughout her career including the UMKC Foundation, Missouri Jobs with Justice, and Mother’s Refuge with much of her focus on fundraising and development. Currently, Ashley serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Hope Haven, Cass County’s domestic violence shelter, and on Missouri’s Division of Youth Services Advisory Board.

“Missouri Humanities gave us the funding for travel, and we went. Set up on the wide front porch of the Womans Building, we collected interviews with a young engaged couple recovering from Covid, a female farmer, politicians, and a performer in a pastel hat and white gloves who introduced herself as Laura Ingalls Wilder…..”

Missouri On Mic

Reynolds Journalism Institute

“I just received the four Proud to Be books that I won at the drawing, written by American Warriors. I am the widow of a service connected disabled veteran and love the idea of letting veterans express themselves through writing! Thank you so much and I can’t wait to read them!”

Cynthia Inlow

St. Louis

“You are great patriots! Keep up the great work.”

Sunnie L Dee

Columbia, MO

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