Ashley Lynn Priore
Ambassador, Academy

Ashley Lynn Priore

Pittsburgh, United States

Founder and President and CEO - The Queen's Gambit Strategist | Social Entrepreneur | Writer | Educator

Ashley Lynn Priore—a civic and social entrepreneur, nonprofit founder, educator, innovative speaker, public servant, strategist, and writer—is the founder, president and CEO of Queen's Gambit, a national, multi-departmental hybrid nonprofit and social enterprise using chess as a catalyst for change. Ashley is the author of four books, including Let's Learn Chess!, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics at the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing, focusing on politics, social justice, and entertainment, has been featured in national platforms including MS. Magazine, Thrive Global, Herself 360, and Buzzfeed. 

At the age of fourteen, she founded a nonprofit organization that teaches life skills through chess. The Chess Institute supports education for youth through chess outreach, programming, and community projects. At the age of 19, Ashley founded a social entreprise dedicated to strategy consulting through chess theory. Under her leadership, Queen's Gambit has established chess in all 9 districts of Pittsburgh and built relationships across Pennsylvania. Ashley has led national initiatives including the Proud Pennsylanian, TogetherPGH, and the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Project. Along with maintaining a growing annual budget through fundraising and donor support, Ashley's "chess theory" consulting model has completely modernized the chess world. Queen’s Gambit encourages communities and individuals to use strategy tools to navigate the future. From overseeing community development to working with national leaders, Ashley views chess as a way to solve some of society's biggest obstacles.

Ashley also leads Priore Consulting, a strategy firm supporting organizations and corporations with strategic planning and large-level projects. Clients use innovative critical thinking techniques to balance sustainable business models and healthy community development. An innovate speaker who appeared on the Tedx stage in 2018, she started playing competitive chess at the age of four and began teaching at eight years old. Ashley is an award winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation.

Ashley currently serves on several nonprofit boards, focusing on youth leadership and providing everyone under the age of 25 with the platform to succeed. Her Y'22 Movement has inspired boards nationally to engage in board diversity and membership. Some board memberships include Community Human Services, Pittsburgh Cares, City of Bridges High School (where she serves as Vicechairperson), and the American Lung Association. She also serves on several local and national advisory boards and committees. In her free time, Ashley serves as a mentor to young entrepeneurs through Startable PGH, a program of Innovation Works.

In 2019, Ashley entered politics and was a candidate for Pittsburgh Board of Education, District 4. A catalyst for change who started her own business at the early age of 14 years old, Ashley seeks to empower all to use their passions for good.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I grew up with the philosophy that if everyone is included and if everyone's voices are heard, amazing things can happen. HundrED understands that education is changing, and I want to be a part of a global community that appreciates the value of innovative partnerships and education. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Education comes in so many forms. Students learn everyday from everything. Every single interaction that takes place between a student and the world is education. The world is our classroom.  

What role does innovation play in education change?

For too long, education has been seen by many as linear in the classroom learning. However, this is just not true anymore. To me, innovation in education is when students and their needs, interests, and real world experiences come first.