Ashley Edwards joined Governor Haley Barbour's Office in February 2006. Today, he serves as the Deputy Director of Barbour’s Office of Recovery and Renewal, with the primary responsibility of coordinating Mississippi’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina.
As Deputy Director of Recovery, Ashley is tasked with overseeing the more than $5.5 Billion in Mississippi's Katrina-related Community Development Block Grants, and more than $2 Billion in FEMA Public Assistance Funds. Ashley has taken a lead role in crafting and implementing many of Mississippi’s recovery programs, including the Alternative Housing Pilot Program, better known as the Mississippi Cottage Program.
Ashley began his professional career at the Hattiesburg Police Department where he worked as the department's Crime Analyst, managing the only accredited Crime Analysis Unit in Mississippi. Later, Ashley worked as journalist and editor in print media, covering state and local news. Ashley has also served in several active roles in past local, state and national political campaigns.
Ashley is a native of Petal, Mississippi, and an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane University. Ashley and his wife lost their home in Pass Christian, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina and have since relocated to Gulfport, Mississippi.
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