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Ashley Charwood, LGSW, MSW


Ashley brings extensive expertise in social and human services, the nonprofit sector and in rural Minnesota’s philanthropy systems. Her work to create welcoming learning and community spaces that flatten social hierarchies will help connect community voices and strengthen the Foundation’s work  in rural placemaking.

Charwood is an assistant professor of social work at Bemidji State University, has served as a regional coordinator in northern Minnesota for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and has worked with a wide range of human service organizations in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and the Dakotas. She has served on the Bi-County CAP board and is part of Project for Change, a grassroots group working toward racial justice in the Bemidji area. Charwood holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bemidji State University, a master’s in social work from the University of North Dakota and is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work from Tulane University. She lives in Bemidji, Minn.

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