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FEATURED MOVER | Ashley Valis, Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Catholic Charities of Baltimore named Ashley Valis as the agency’s first chief operating officer.

The new role will be responsible for strategic oversight, operational excellence of programs and services, human resources, and leadership of our strategic planning process and initiatives.

Valis has an extensive background in human services and brings strong knowledge and experience in community engagement, government & public policy, strategic planning, and goal achievement. She joins the organization after eight years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s office of community engagement where she most recently served as executive director.

Prior to UMB, Valis held various positions in former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, most notably as assistant chief of staff where she had direct oversight of four state agencies. She was also deputy director of intergovernmental affairs where she advised the governor on county and municipal legislative and budget priorities, among other duties.

Ashley Valis, the first chief operating officer at Catholic Charities of Baltimore.


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Bachelor of Science, University of Delaware; Master of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?  

I thought for a while that I wanted to be a school guidance counselor because I love working with young people and liked the idea of making a difference in the lives of kids who may need extra support.

Favorite vacation:

Aruba for my 40th birthday, a surprise trip planned by my husband!

When I want to relax … :

I go for run or hide from my three children on our third floor and hope they don’t find me 🙂

Favorite TV show:

I love following along the journey of the British Royal family so “The Crown” is one of my favorite shows

Favorite quotation:

I have two I’d like to lift up: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill; “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou