Ashley Shade is a long-time resident of North Adams, having moved here with her family in 1991. After graduating from Charles H. McCann Technical High School, she began working and later studying at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where her interest in politics and civics began. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. Her professional career has led her into a position where she is able to help people and continue to advocate.
She currently serves as a Senior Service Support Consultant for Wayfair, where she also leads an Employee Resource Group for LGBTQ+ employees and allies, and was appointed to the Corporate Impact Council where she continues her activism and helps drive positive culture change within the global organization. She previously worked in Healthcare in the hospital, pharmacy and nursing home settings and understands the complex issues that confront the residents in and around North Adams.
As the Chairwoman of a national non-profit organization, Outright Libertarians, and a member of the National Transgender Visibility March policy team, Ashley continues to work and offer solutions to serve and represent GSM community issues and provide a positive impact on people’s lives. She is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusiveness. Her current work on the Human Services Commission and the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Working Group has helped further the aim to build a strong, safe, and vibrant community in North Adams.
Ashley is one of few transgender candidates to run for office in Massachusetts, and was the first transgender woman in Massachusetts to be elected as a state party officer with her election as the treasurer of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party in 2019.
She has served in leadership positions on political campaigns from local, state, congressional and presidential levels throughout the United States.
Being transgender has given her a unique perspective on what it feels like to be marginalized and the vital importance of helping people of all backgrounds and treating them with equal compassion.
As a council member, Ashley will be committed to serving all residents, businesses and visitors with equality, respect, and with