Ashley Daniel Bell, Esq. is the Founder and CEO of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center.
A former Hall County Commissioner elected at the young age of 27, Ashley was one of the youngest commissioners ever elected in the State of Georgia, representing the 3rd fastest growing metropolitan area in America. A lawyer by trade, Ashley began his career as a public defender, and went on to become a celebrated trial attorney and co-founder of the law firm Bell & Washington LLP, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ashley is the Founder of Generation Inspiration, whose mission is to teach life skills not taught in the classroom to at-risk students of color in his hometown of Gainesville, Georgia, and set them on a trajectory for success. Each summer, the new members of G.I. undertake an intense eight-week summer leadership program focused on black history, personal financial accountability, networking, drug abuse prevention, economic development, using social media for civic engagement and peer conflict resolution. At the end of the program, Ashley awards three sets of scholarships, which over the past ten years have totaled over $500,000.
Ashley has been called the most “unique” politico of his generation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as he holds the distinction of being the only person in over half a century to be elected as a delegate to both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Growing up in a neighborhood where many of his peers saw incarceration more than college, and having a deep understanding of the failings of America’s criminal justice system, he has used his wide bipartisan network to be a tireless volunteer for justice for all Americans. His efforts have been chronicled in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, USA Today, The New Yorker, and AJC and he is a frequent commentator on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.
Ashley has been named a 2017 Georgia “Super Lawyer Rising Star”, one of the 2016 “Top 40 Young Lawyers” by the American Bar Association, a 2016 “Lawyer on the Rise” by Georgia’s leading legal journal, “The Daily Report,” recognizing Georgia’s top 25 lawyers under 40, is a 2014 National IMPACT Leader of the Year (given to the nation’s top young professional of color for excellence in business & civic engagement), one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Top Forty Under 40, a MAVERICK PAC Top 40 under 40, and a recipient of his local NAACP “Drum Major for Justice” award for his work fighting environmental racism as a county commissioner. Ashley has served with distinction as the youngest General Counsel & Special Counsel for the National Conference of Black Mayors, National Association of Black County Officials and National League of Cities – Black Caucus, in total serving over two-thirds of black elected officials across America. Ashley is a proud alumni of the Congressional Black Caucus Internship program, first serving as an intern and later as congressional staff for Congressman Sanford Bishop of the 2nd District of Georgia.
Ashley is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where he was President of the Student Government Association and founded the school’s chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. He obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University, which he attended on a full scholarship. He was a 21st Century Leadership Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and has an honorary doctorate in Intercultural & Urban Studies from Lighthouse College.
Bio from http://www.2020club.org/Ashley-Bell/