As a student of Columbia University, Ashley R. Cross has completed studies in environmental sustainability, conservation biology and human rights, employing her education in various roles to benefit the greater good. Ashley R. Cross has offered her energy to AmeriCares, a leading nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid in more than 40 countries across the globe. As a communications specialist within and outside this venture, Ashley R. Cross has acted as the voice and outreach coordinator for numerous programs, among them Camp AmeriKids, a summer program that supports children coping with HIV and AIDS; AmeriCares HomeFront, an initiative that offers complimentary home restoration for low-income families in New York and Connecticut; and AmeriCares Free Clinics, a series of health facilities that provide medical care for uninsured or under-served patients. Ashley R. Cross additionally supported AmeriCares's relief efforts in Darfur, and following Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, among others. Ashley R. Cross has also previously served as Communications Officer for the Center for Family and Community Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. In this position, she acted as a liaison for several initiatives, including The Thelma Adair Mental Health Project, which aimed to provide senior citizens in the Harlem area with improved mental health resources, and the Dental Pipeline project, which strived to reduce dental-healthcare disparities for low-income communities. Outside of these roles, Ashley Cross is a committed volunteer for a Women's Shelter with Columbia University's Project for the Homeless, and supports Room to Read, a nonprofit dedicated to literacy and improved education for girls in developing countries. In her free time, Ashley R. Cross enjoys cooking and spending time by the ocean.