Ashley Lynn Priore
Ambassador, Country lead, Academy

Ashley Lynn Priore

Pittsburgh, United States

American Chess Player & Coach, Social & Civic Entrepreneur, Nonprofit Founder & Consultant, Political Strategist & Commentator, Youth Rights Activist, Innovative Speaker, Author + Writer, Media

Ashley Lynn Priore— an American chess player & coach, social & civic entrepreneur, nonprofit founder & consultant, political strategist & commentator, youth rights activist, innovative speaker, author & writer & poet, media personality, & mentor —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 and a model to empower, educate, and impact a better society. 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. She also leads Y-22, a youth on boards movement, Youth Political Strategies, a campaign organization supporting candidates who support young people, and Priore Consulting, an innovative strategy consulting firm. Ashley ran for public office in 2019 and remains committed to equitable politics (currently, she co-founded and co-leads Our Right to Justice which achieves for a more equitable Supreme Court). Her writing, focusing on politics, social justice, and entertainment, has been featured in national platforms including MS. Magazine, Thrive Global, and Buzzfeed. 

At the age of fourteen, she founded the Queens Gambit Chess Institute to support Pittsburgh's youth through the spirit of innovation, creativity, and civic engagement. At the age of 19, Ashley founded Queens Gambit Strategies Co. 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 Pennsylvanian, TogetherPGH, and the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Project. Along with maintaining a growing annual budget through fundraising and donor support and establishing innovative programs and partnerships, 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. 

Ashley currently serves on several nonprofit boards. In 2019, she founded Y'22, a national nonprofit ensuring youth have a seat at every decision making table. Her Y'22 movement has inspired boards nationally to engage in board diversity and membership. Under her leadership, Youth Political Strategies emerged which connects young people to elected officials and campaigns both locally and nationally.  

More recently, Ashley co-founded Our Right to Justice, an organization dedicated to an equitable Supreme Court for the people. She has openly stood against the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and leads national partnerships to reform the court system. 

In 2019, Ashley entered politics and was a candidate for Pittsburgh Board of Education, District 4. 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. In addition to all her work, Ashley is the host numerous online shows, including Youth Political Talk, Tactical Podcast, and Politics at Home.

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.