Independent, Free, Thinker
Ashley Bell was elected Hall Country (GA) Commissioner in 2008. The youngest ever,at the age of 27. In 2014 he announced his candidacy for Georgia State School Superintendent.
Ashley D. Bell is a former Special Advisor to Gov. Mitt Romney and a former Georgia County Commissioner. Ashley is a partner at Bell & Washington, LLP where he is a skilled government affairs and public finance attorney having attended law school at the University of Georgia and LSU. Ashley Bell has served with distinction as the General Counsel for National Association of Black County Officials and Special Counsel for the National & Georgia Conference of Black Mayors. Both of those historic organizations represent over two-thirds of all black elected officials in America.
Ashley is a 21st Century Leadership Fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was chosen in 2012 as Georgia Trend Magazine’s Top Forty Under 40, and he is a member of the National Council of the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
In his hometown community Ashley founded a youth leadership society, Generation Inspiration, for at-risk high school students at the age of 24. Today the program has mentored 1,000 students, held 8 annual summer programs focused on financial stability and life skills, provided over $200,000.00 in scholarships to HBCU’s and erased miles of gang graffiti from the Gainesville community.
INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Ashley Bell
What inspired you pursue a career in law?
A love of the public speaking and critical thinking. As a child I knew that
lawyers were important to those in need. I always wanted to have a career
where I be could be useful to those that needed help for whatever reason.
What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic and
Having a strong passion for my work and community along with help from
those close to me helps to manage all the demands of my professional,
philanthropic and social commitments.
What is the biggest mistake young professionals make, especially
when pursuing elected office?
Timing is everything in pursuing public office. The biggest mistake young
professionals make is not taking the time to fully develop your craft as a
young professional. Having a strong career before going into public office
gives you a foundation and level personal and financial ability that will help
you avoid pitfalls of those that don’t have a stable career to fall back on.
What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to
excel in the social/political space, especially African American men?
Embrace the road less traveled. There are still far too many enclaves of
society and business that have not yet been exposed to the dynamism of
young black male professionals.
What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most
I credit my first internship with setting the standard for me as a young
professional. At 19 years old serving as one of 32 Congressional Black
Caucus Foundations Interns gave me my first experience of working with
the best and brightest of my peers. I continue to seek out that experience
in all my endeavors.
What’s next for you in your career? What should we look out for?
After serving as a local elected official I look forward to seeking other
avenues in public service where I can offer my service on the issues that
effect our nation and equally important our foreign policy.
Lastly, give me three words to sum up Ashley Bell?
Independent – Free – Thinker
How can we get in touch with you?