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#WCWinSTEM: Ashley Nealy, M.S.

#WCWinSTEM: Ashley Nealy, M.S.

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This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Ashley Nealy, Web Team Lead for the United States Department of Treasury.

As compiled by Chrystelle Vilfranc


Ashley Nealy graduated cum laude and with honors from Kennesaw State University in May 2010 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems. The following spring, Nealy received her Master’s of Science in Information Systems in May 2011. Currently, Nealy works as the Web Team Lead for the United States Department of Treasury in the office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). There, Nealy provides and leads web and application development services to support the mission of protecting the integrity of the nation’s taxpayer system. Nealy also serves as a SharePoint developer where she is responsible for developing applications to help users.

Nealy commits herself to expanding the face of STEM. A member of Women in Technology, she serves as a Campus Event Host and is responsible for interacting with college students to increase their connection to Women In Technology. She is also the founder of South Cobb Codes, a group that allows students in underrepresented areas to learn to code.

Nealy is one of the youngest donors to establish a named fund at Kennesaw State University.

The Ashley Nealy A.T.O.M.S. Center Fund was established to advance to the teaching of science and mathematics in Georgia’s K-12 Schools. This fund enhances programmatic strategies to recruit, influence and nurture interest in students, especially those underrepresented in STEM fields and supports STEM-related programs for students and teachers.

Ashley is the President of Young Government Leaders, which seeks to develop the next generation of leaders in government, and the Vice President for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals which seeks to fulfill the mission of the National Urban League for economic equality and empowerment. Nealy is also the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mindly Maven, LLC., a creative solutions company specializing in web and graphic design.

Nealy started with TIGTA in August 2010 and has received numerous promotions and awards in her six-year career at the Department of Treasury including the Highest Performance Award, Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award and the IT Group Award for her regional leadership in the Laptop Refresh Project. She was also selected by the Atlanta Federal Executive Board to participate in their Leadership Government Program which prepares high-performing federal employees for Senior Leadership in the federal government. Her leadership has been recognized by the Next Generation of Government (NextGen) where she received the Innovator Award out of 30 finalists and 120 nominees across federal, state and local agencies.  In 2014, Nealy was named one of the 30 Under 30 Following the Vision. Nealy has been well recognized and awarded by a number of other organizations for her work in Technology and as a leader in her community and region.

Nealy on Highlighting #WOCinSTEM

Nealy expresses that highlighting women of color in STEM is especially necessary at this time. Often, girls of color become what they see. She recalls her first experience volunteering as a professional in an inner city middle school. She explained, “Those students had no idea that you could get paid for making websites. They had never heard of a web developer before and that really saddened me.” This experience encouraged Nealy to commit to exposing as many girls of color to STEM as possible. Nealy concluded, “By highlighting #WOCinSTEM, we’re serving as real-life role models that they can aspire to be. We have a long way to go and I strive daily to be part of the solution.”

Thank you Ashley for all that you do to contribute to the world of #STEM! 


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