Ashley Paz, Trustee - District 9
First elected 2013; Term expires 2021
Ashley Paz, a native of Ozark, Arkansas relocated to Fort Worth, Texas from Atlanta, GA with her husband Eric in 2006 to follow his career. Their plan was to only be here for a short time while so he could gain industry experience he needed to qualify for positions abroad as an engineer. But they quickly fell in love with this city, and immersed themselves in Fort Worth’s Fairmount community.
As they planted roots Ashley built her event planning and marketing business, and quickly became a leader in her industry and community. In 2011 she filed and became a precinct chair for the Democratic Party, and in 2013 she decided to run for the school board. She won that election, and has been a valuable change agent and outspoken advocate for all children ever since.
Mrs Paz was instrumental in passing the district's first racial equity policy that ensures the equitable distribution of resources, increasing culturally relevant curriculum and resources, and introducing restorative discipline practices to replace the "zero tolerance” policies that disproportionately impact Black and Brown students.
In March 2017 Ashley was elected by some of the nation's leading educators to serve a three-year term on the Executive Committee of Council of the Great City Schools, the nation's premier advocacy and research organization that works exclusively on issues that affect large urban school districts. She had previously filled an unexpired term that she was appointed to fill by New York Public Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza with whom she also serves as co-chair to the organization's Task Force for English Language Learners. And this year was named one of ten finalists for the prestigious Green Garner Award, the highest honor in urban public education, for her advocacy for better school governance and systemic approach to addressing inequities in public education.
Ashley Paz wears many hats in our Fort Worth community. In addition to her work in education policy, she also serves as the Executive Director for The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, an organization that empowers women through educational, social, and philanthropic growth. She has brought her unique lens of racial justice and entrepreneurial spirit to this position since 2017, shortly after graduating from the Executive MBA program at TCU.
The most important hat that Ashley wears is wife to Eric Paz who is a Scientist for Novartis, and mamma to her two daughters Vera and Vivian, both proud FWISD students. It is the responsibility of raising daughters, little girls with Brown skin and blended heritage, as the fire that powers her journey.
“It is my responsibility to model integrity, bravery, and authenticity for my girls," says Paz. "My kids are going to grow up with a complex relationship with privilege. As their mama, I have to show them how to use their privilege to undo systems of oppression while at the same time navigating oppression of their own.”
- National Association of Professional Women
- Tarrant County Democratic Party, Precinct Chair 4060
- The Fairmount National Historic District- Director of Membership 2011-2012, Home Tour Director 2010-2011
- Fort Worth South, Inc.
- Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats
- Professional Wedding Guild
- The Ballet Guild of North Texas
Bonnie Brae Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Daggett Elementary, Daggett Montessori, De Zavala Elementary, M.H. Moore Elementary, Natha Howell Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary, Riverside ALC, Springdale Elementary, Worth Heights Elementary, Daggett Middle, Riverside Middle, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, Young Women's Leadership Academy, Amon Carter-Riverside High School, Green B. Trimble Tech High School, Success High School