Ashley Mueller is a National Program Leader in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences within the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community. She provides leadership for programs in civic engagement and leadership which include the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN); Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant Program; and the Healthy Homes Partnership, a partnership with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ashley also co-leads the AFRI program Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Across Food and Agricultural Systems (A1712).
Before joining NIFA, Ashley was a statewide Extension educator and disaster education coordinator for Nebraska Extension. In that role she built capacity in the organization, and she collaborated with county- and campus-based faculty and staff along with state, regional, and federal partners to support Nebraskans in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from extreme weather events and disasters. Ashley’s previous experiences include work in outreach communications, distance education academic program management, and program development. She received her BS in Food Science and Technology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MS in Youth Development and Agricultural Education from Purdue University, and PhD in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Postsecondary Leadership and Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.