2023 Grocery Industry Icons & Innovators
Ashley is Managing Partner at Bluestein Ventures where she drives the firm’s strategy, portfolio company support, and deal pipeline. Ashley has made over 35 investments in the space and participates on four boards. Ashley has appeared in Forbes, has been featured on industry podcasts (ConsumerVC, Chicago Capital, TIG Talks, and Gooder), and regularly serves on industry panels.
Ashley has deep experience leading growth strategy and establishing scalable infrastructure necessary to build sustainable ventures. Prior to Bluestein, Ashley was VP of Strategy & Operations at Hartman Windows & Doors. Ashley also worked for Coinstar in Business Development, focusing on launching their new ventures. After college, Ashley was an Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting.
Active in the community, Ashley serves on the Board of Naturally Chicago, as a mentor at Food Foundry, The Hatchery, and LeAD Accelerator, and a judge at Booth’s new venture competitions. Ashley received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Economy, summa cum laude, from Williams College.
Ashley was vegan before it was cool and is the resident health and wellness nut on the team, endlessly focused on how to optimize habits for peak performance.