Ashley Hollenbeck

Executive Director, Institute for Village Studies


Ashley is native to the Pacific Northwest and just moved to Bellingham after spending most of her career abroad. Her work has focused on environmental conservation, international development and cross-cultural education in various roles locally and nationally in Japan, Vietnam, Morocco, and the United States. Most recently, Ashley was the Chair of the Global Studies program at a university in Hiroshima, Japan. There she taught classes related to a variety of international issues and founded the Global Village Vietnam program, which serves as the foundation for this course. Ashley is interested in continuing to explore how international education can be a tool to work to address complex global challenges at the local level through interdisciplinary, cross-cultural engagement.