Transformational Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, Racial Consciousness Strategist at Next Step Consulting
Ashley B. Stewart creates customized leadership solutions to ensure personal and organizational success. He serves senior executives and emerging leaders in private and social sector organizations across multiple industries in North and South America, Africa and the Caribbean. He helps leaders harness more of their authentic power, deepen their self-awareness, cultivate adaptive leadership skills and reprogram unconscious patterns that compromise their effectiveness and performance.
Passionate about racial equity and inclusion, through Next Step Consulting, Ashley coaches leaders to name and grapple with their motivations, behaviors and facets of their identity for conscious examination. Leveraging his 15+ years expertise leading teams and driving large-scale transformations, his clients have included global brands such as American Express, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and USAID.
Ashley serves as the executive director of talent and organizational development for 11,000 staff of Baltimore City Public Schools to create the culture and sustain the conditions to eliminate the predictability of student outcomes by race. In prior roles with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, Ashley co-designed and launched national leadership capacity building programs and philanthropic initiatives focused on leadership development, public-private investments, healthcare systems, community development, land reform and K-12 education reform.
Proficient in Spanish, Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College, a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on leadership from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Certificate in Leadership Coaching program. Ashley, his wife and their daughters reside in Maryland.