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Ashley Jankowski

Greater NYC/Ann Arbor | | LinkedIn 



Master of Environment & Sustainability | Class of 2024 | University of Michigan

  • Concentration: Environmental Justice

  • Certificates: Rackham Professional Development DEI Certificate; Graduate Teaching Certificate (pending Spring 2023)

  • Extracurricular: SEAS Student Career Advisory Board; Tishman Center for Social Justice, Launch Committee

Master of Urban & Regional Planning | Class of 2024 | University of Michigan

  • Concentration: Social Justice and Urban Development

  • Research: Digital Cities + Connected Citizens: Interdisciplinary ArtsEngine team studying urban surveillance

  • Extracurricular: Editor, AGORA Journal of Urban Planning

B.A. Journalism, B.A. Environmental Studies | 2019 | New York University

  • GPA: 4.0; summa cum laude; inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (top 10% of graduating class)

  • Research: Historical Ecology of Jerusalem, under supervision of Dr. Eric W. Sanderson

    • Capstone research focused on collecting, deriving, and integrating archival and geographical data to scientifically reconstruct the historical ecology of Jerusalem.


Professional Experience   

Research Associate | Detroit River Story Lab | January 2023 - present

  • Designing an adaptable training module to teach college students how to pitch to local news outlets

  • Creates & administers storytelling & sustainability workshops for Detroit-area high school students

  • Facilitates partnerships between U. Michigan & local news outlets to create new journalism business models

Graduate Research Assistant | Graham Sustainability Institute | May 2022 - present

  • Co-designed a systematic program evaluation methodology to assess the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

  • Conducts stakeholder interviews & qualitative data analyses to identify strategic programmatic improvements

  • Develops detailed reports & public-facing communications to elevate program impacts to stakeholders

Graduate Student Instructor | University of Michigan | January 2022 - present

  • Co-teaches 50-75 undergraduates through introductory Environmental Politics & Justice Coursework

  • Fosters group and individual learning through weekly discussion sections, Office Hours, and writing workshops

  • Collaborates with lead Professor to advance equity-centered curriculum design and lesson planning

Sustainability Fellow | Yale University | August 2019 – August 2021

  • Designed the Yale Co-benefit Assessment Tool to apply an intersectional lens to university-wide climate goals

  • Oversaw the implementation and evolution of Sustainability Action Plans at Yale’s 14 residential colleges

  • Advanced sustainability literacy across Yale community as Head Writer of “Yale Experts Explain” article series

  • Co-organized the Global University Climate Forum & moderated speaker session with Christiana Figueres

Cities Engagement Fellow | CDP, Carbon Disclosure Project | January 2019 – August 2019

  • Secured 20% growth in participation of North American cities disclosing annual emissions & environmental data

  • Established & managed relationships with 100+ city govs. of various sizes, demographics, & geopolitical contexts

  • Developed compelling visual & written content to advance organizational storytelling to investors & city leaders

Outreach and Activism Intern | PEN America | February 2018 – May 2018

  • Facilitated bipartisan community dialogues and trainings on (local) news literacy & citizen journalism

  • Led a national social media campaign challenging domestic threats against independent news & free expression

  • Mobilized urban & rural community leaders around the country to support local news & eliminate news deserts

Social Justice, Government & Environment Reporter| TAPInto | May 2018 – present

  • Bolsters local journalism by contributing hyperlocal news stories & increasing community readership

  • Amplified the calls of 5+ local Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 with original reporting and photography

  • Launched & leads “Hometown Heroes” column to promote community resilience with positive, place-based news

Presentations, Publications, & Workshops

 Storytelling & Sustainability. 90-minute workshop designed and presented to 20+ Detroit-based high school students from the Green Door Initiative. July 2023.

 “How Accessible Is the Circular Economy in Ann Arbor?”. Poster presented at the Student Michigan Association of Planners Conference. Ypsilanti, MI 2023.

Advancing An Intersectional Lens with Campus Co-benefits”. Poster presented at the New Horizons in Conservation Conference 2021. Virtual, April 2021.

“Integrating Anti-racism with Sustainability Planning: Case Studies from Yale University”. Publication presented at the International Alliance of Research Universities Summit. Virtual, Oct. 2020.

Goodall, M., Moore, E., Jankowski, A., & Halabi, C. (2020). Global Priorities, Educated Solutions: The Role of Academia in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. International Alliance of Research Universities.


Goodall, M. & Jankowski, A. (August 2020). Assessing Research and Teaching Connections to the SDGs: A How-To Guide from Yale Sustainability. Yale Office of Sustainability.


Freelance writing portfolio (2015-present): Regularly contributes original articles and reporting to various online publications, including The Nature of Cities, SheKnows, Sustain the Mag,, INSIDER, Yahoo Lifestyle, WebMD, Stylecaster, HerCampus, TAPinto Local News & more

Conferences Attended & Facilitated

  • Michigan Environmental Justice Conference 2021 (May ’21)

  • Global University Climate Forum, organizer & moderator (Nov. ‘20)

    • Moderated session on Climate Optimism with Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac

    • Moderated session on Sustainable Urban Transitions with Edgar Pieterse & Anton Cartwright

    • Moderated session on Psychology of Change Management with Dallase Scott

  • YALE Hixon Center Urban Conference: Future Cities’ Material Flows (Nov. ‘20)

  • AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (Oct. ‘20)

  • YALE Hixon Center Urban Conference: Striving Toward a More Equitable & Sustainable Future (Nov. ‘19)

  • CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Cities 2019 U.S. Spring Workshop, organizer & facilitator (April ‘19)


Volunteer Experience

Consultant, Storytelling for Social Change | U. Michigan Ginsberg Center | May 2022 - present

  • Collects and codes qualitative data for local Ann Arbor non-profit organizations to translate into “story banks”

  • Designs content strategy for narratives that organizations can draw on for fundraising, marketing, & advocacy

Youth Journalism Mentor | TAPInto Franklin Township | May 2022 - present

  • Offers free reporting resources and editorial services to local youth journalists in Franklin Township, NJ

  • Mentors high school students in designing academic and professional career paths incorporating (local) media


Skills & Certifications

  • ArcGIS, ArcGIS StoryMaps, basic R, basic Javascript, interviewing & editing, Microsoft & Google Apps

  • Certified Carbon Literate (Nov. 2020) by The Carbon Literacy Project in Manchester, UK

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