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Ashley Lynn Priore

Ashley Lynn Priore

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    Ashley Lynn Priore is a Pittsburgh native and a current undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English and Philosophy & Politics with a minor in Economics. An award winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation, Ashley is a competitive chess player, politics enthusiast, writer and poet, social entrepreneur, public service scholar, and strategist based in Pennsylvania. Ashley is the founder and President and CEO of Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute.  At the age of fourteen, she founded a corporation and a nonprofit on the belief that chess is a catalyst for change. The Queen’s Gambit encourages communities and individuals to use strategy tools to navigate the future. With long-lasting partnerships, we are a network of changemakers in the larger movement towards a critical thinking world. What started as a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching chess to the community, ensuring every child has the necessary opportunities and tools to learn chess through a 21st-century approach to education is now a national model. The Chess Institute is our programming organization while the Inc. is strategy consulting. A chess educator, social advocate, and leader around the city, Ashley also leads Priore Consulting, a strategy firm supporting organizations and corporations with strategic planning and large-level projects. Clients use innovative critical thinking techniques to balance sustainable business models and healthy community development. An innovate speaker who appeared on the Tedx stage in 2018, she started playing competitive chess at the age of four and began teaching at eight years old. Ashley currently serves on several nonprofit boards, focusing on youth leadership and providing everyone under the age of 25 with the platform to succeed. Some board memberships include the Pittsburgh Chess Club (where she serves as Vice President), Community Human Services, Pittsburgh Cares, and City of Bridges High School (where she serves as Vicechairperson). She also serves on several local and national advisory boards and committees. In 2019, Ashley entered politics and was a candidate for Pittsburgh Board of Education, District 4. A catalyst for change who started her own business at the early age of 14 years old, Ashley seeks to empower all to use their passions for good.

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