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Professional Experience

Ashley Branca is a Director for CBRE’s Workplace practice, based in Seattle, WA.  She focuses on mission-aligned and measurable outcomes to increase organizational success, drive economic growth and improve the lives of the individuals that make an organization’s mission come alive. She leverages her extensive public and private sector experience to facilitate lasting transformation and people-centered design amidst increasing space constraints and an intense competition for talent across the Pacific Northwest.


Ashley fosters cultural change and relationship building across stakeholders through storytelling and impactful data analysis; efficiency and resource optimization for reinvestment; and empowering individuals as champions of change. Prior to joining CBRE, she led organizational transformation, policy and program development, and research efforts across the educational landscape from pre-K through post-secondary.

Ashley has served as an education fellow on the United States Senate HELP Committee, as an Associate Research Scientist at the US Department of Education, as a lead advisor in the higher education space for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and for various colleges and universities across the country. Ashley began her career as a high school English, Drama, and Journalism teacher in West Philadelphia by way of Teach for America.

In her personal life, Ashley serves as a committee chair and program lead for the Seattle Design Festival as part of Seattle AIA’s Design in Public initiative. This annual festival explores the ways that design can improve lives and maximize the benefits of change while empowering individuals and communities.


  • Georgetown University, Master of Public Policy
  • University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science; Education
  • Brown University, Bachelor of Arts; English