Ashley Harper Cottrell, CSEE
Project Manager/Creative and Web Manager
Maryland Sports Commission/Maryland Stadium Authority
Ashley Harper Cottrell quickly established herself as a sports professional in 2009, shortly after becoming the project manager with the Maryland Sports Commission, when she wrote the bid submission for the 2018/2022 Baltimore/Maryland FIFA World Cup.
“Following the success of that bid submission, I have gone on to have a 90-percent victory rate on event bids that I have produced for the commission, resulting in an economic gain for the state,” said Cottrell, who has also been a creative and web manager with the Maryland Stadium Authority since 2015.
Cottrell hopes upcoming national and international lacrosse and soccer events in the Baltimore area will inspire and encourage young people to get involved in sports. Cottrell and her team are preparing for the 2019 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, which will be at Johns Hopkins University, and the 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup and the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer tournaments.
“Ashley has a tremendous work ethic and leads by example,” Terrance Hasseltine, executive director of the commission, said. “She sets a very high standard for herself and everyone around her.”