Ashley Busby

Ashley Busby (She/her/hers)


Ashley Busby is a restorative justice practitioner based in the East Bay. She earned her BA in Psychology at San Francisco State University and an M.Ed in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ashley is currently working on her Ed.D in Educational Leadership for Social Justice & Equity from San José State University, where she is researching how developing preservice teachers’ social and emotional competencies supports their investment in anti-racist teaching and the impacts on student experience and outcomes. In previous roles Ashley was a bilingual preschool teacher for Head Start and later an ELD teacher and Site Coordinator in Albany Unified School District. She later took on a role as an Instructional Coach there, before engaging in sustainable development work in Central and South America for 6+ years. Ashley ran an education based nonprofit organization in Nicaragua that supported women’s economic development, sustainable community infrastructure development, and youth arts education. Most recently, Ashley oversaw a college access and readiness program for first generation youth at a multi-service nonprofit agency. There she further developed her skills in trauma-informed practices, culturally sustaining teaching, creating culture change, and distributive leadership, among others. Ashley is also a certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and holds a weekly meditation class in Spanish. Her professional focus has been on language acquisition and social emotional learning, particularly through the lens of restorative practices.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Restorative Practices

  • Youth Development

  • Language Acquisition

  • Teacher Coaching

  • Adult Professional Development

  • Servant and Inquiry Based Leadership

  • Trauma-informed Teaching

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Shifting Organization and Classroom Culture

  • Sustainable Community Development

  • Community and Coalition Building