Ashley Funk

Appalachian, activist, human-centered designer, student.

Ashley Funk is a senior majoring in environmental studies at Wellesley College and human-centered design engineering at Olin College. At 17, she sued the state of Pennsylvania for not taking adequate action on climate change, and her suit has been supported by climate leaders like James Hansen. Her experiences growing up poor in an old mining community in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania have inspired her passion in collaboratively and sustainably rebuilding rural communities, particularly throughout Appalachia.

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