Ashley Helsing is the Director of Government Relations for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) where she works with Members of Congress and their staff, federal agencies, state and local leaders, and grassroots advocates to pass legislation that is beneficial to the Down syndrome community. Originally from the West Coast, Ashley has built her career harnessing the power of advocacy to effect change in our systems and society. She has worked with citizens and directly with senior Members of Congress to design and implement political development strategies toward a more equitable world. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from New York University.