Advancement Services and Gift Processing Database Specialist
Sonoma State University, BA
email: ashley.wolfe [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 636-2453
Ashley graduated from Sonoma State on January 19, 2018... and her first day at Sonoma Academy was January 26. “I worked in the Advancement department at SSU all through my college years,” she says, “and so when I heard about this job, it was a natural fit!” In her time here, Ashley has quickly become an indispensable member of the Advancement team, as appreciated for her attention to detail as she is for her warm and friendly nature.
Growing up in San Jose, Ashley was a performer. She attended Lincoln High School, a performing arts charter school, where her main focus was singing. After nine years of choir training, Ashley felt ready to try something different, so she enrolled at Sonoma State. At SSU, she experimented with several different fields until she settled on Human Development, with a minor in Early Childhood Education.
At Sonoma Academy, she focuses on another kind of development: as the Advancement Services and Gift Processing Specialist, she helps the school keep track of donations, prepare for events, and communicate with donors. When she is not on campus, you can find Ashley hiking the hills of Sonoma Country, spending time with her family, and moonlighting as a bookkeeper for a local day spa.
Ashley’s favorite part of the day is at the very beginning, when she sits at the reception desk and opens the mail with Cassandra. “I like to watch the students make their way onto campus to begin their day, maybe chat with them for a minute,” she says. “SA is special, because it really encourages the growth of the whole person. It really says a lot about the school’s values, and it shows in our interactions with the kids.”