Ashlynn Polanco


With over 5 years of working in the social impact space, Ashlynn brings her voice centered by her identities as a Latinx, child of immigrants, mid-career, woman professional to her work in program management, strategic planning, adult learning and professional development, and participant experience. Ashlynn oversees ProInspire’s individual strategy work including all open-enrollment programs such as ProInspire Leadership Institute, Coaching for Impact, and Racial Equity Leadership Institute. Ashlynn supports and manages ProInspire’s portfolio of foundation sponsored Race Equity Cohort programs. 

Prior to ProInspire, Ashlynn managed the Congressional Internship Program at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she was able to recruit, select, coach, and 110 participants from diverse backgrounds in geography, academic discipline, Latinx heritage. Ashlynn holds a B.A. in International Relations, French, and Latin American Studies from the University of South Carolina.

What is your favorite form of self-care?

My favorite form of self care is to get my body moving and finding ways to strengthen it through weightlifting, boxing, dancing, swimming, and walking usually through my great passion which is traveling!

What is something that you’re learning about?

I am learning to set boundaries for myself and my relationships both professionally and personally.

Why do you do what you do?

My identities and lived experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. I want to create access and equity for all people to thrive because I have experienced the impact of a system that was not built for our success. I want to work towards dismantling these systems of oppression while centering humanity, kindness, empathy, and healing.

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