Promoting Excellence and Trust in the Nonprofit Sector

Ashley McSwain

Silver Spring, MD


Ashley McSwain is the founder and president of Consultants for Change Inc. (CFC), a consulting firm designed to assist the emerging nonprofit to manage their projects, build infrastructure and capacity and learn the art of writing successful grant proposals. Additionally, she is the former Executive Director for Our Place DC, a nonprofit that offered programming and resources to currently and formerly incarcerated women in the DC area, as they transition back into the community. Ashley is a licensed Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University and a Master of Organizational Development from American University and a bachelors in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

She is certified as a domestic violence counselor and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She has worked in the human services field for over twenty-five years and is currently an adjunct faculty at Montgomery College teaching nonprofit management and teaches grant writing for Maryland Nonprofit. Ashley served six years as a probation officer in Philadelphia and additionally for ten years, while working as Deputy Director for the Bucks County Housing Group, she oversaw the simultaneous management of five homeless shelters and three transitional housing programs (one for women who were victims of domestic violence) while managing and developing a first time home buyer program and a Homeownership Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) as well as overseeing four food pantries serving over 500 residents each month.