Meet Ashley Ross – one of the “30 under 30” rising stars in Florida politics

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Ashley Ross, 29, entered politics for a love of face-paced work and the feeling of changing lives for the better.

With a deep faith in God, Ashley places these values above politics, and although she is highly effective in her various political roles, Ashley prefers to “fly under the radar.”

Ashley has worked for Gov. Jeb Bush, the PGA of America, and the Republican Party of Florida; and credits Jim Magill, Chris Flack, Joel Springer and Cameron Ulrich for giving her a first shot.

When beginning a project or campaign, Ashley believes in following, and tweaking, best practices. “It’s important not to try and reinvent the wheel,” she writes. ” I am a big believer in listening first, analyzing, and not approaching anything without a plan mapped out.” Nevertheless, Ashley has learned that despite such planning, things happen beyond one’s control and its essential to be adaptable and learn to make fast decisions. 

“It’s also important to maintain relationships and not burn bridges,” she writes.”The person who has you upset today is tomorrow’s ally.”

Here is Ashley in her own words:

I am 29 years-young. 

I live in Tallahassee with my husband Scott … I grew up in Tampa … I received both my undergraduate and MBA from the Florida State University. I love to travel and hope to visit Hong Kong soon enough!

I entered politics because I love the fast paced nature and the feeling that you are making an impact and changing lives for the better.

One principle I always put above politics is my faith in God.

Person or people who gave me my first shot: Jim Magill, Chris Flack, Joel Springer and Cameron Ulrich. 

I’ve already worked for: Gov. Jeb Bush, The PGA of America, and The Republican Party of Florida.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I believe it’s important not to try and reinvent the wheel.  There are certain best practices that work and it’s my job to implement this and tweak them in the best interest of the project.  I am a big believer in listening first, analyzing, and not approaching anything without a plan mapped out. 

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors: Joel Springer, Cameron Ulrich, Rich Heffley, Don Gaetz, and Andy Gardiner. 

The people I most admire in politics are: the spouses. These families make significant sacrifices for public service.

One lesson I’ve already learned is despite planning things out as best you can, things always happen that you cannot control and you have to learn to adapt and make fast decisions. It’s also important to maintain relationships and not burn bridges. The person who has you upset today is tomorrow’s ally. 

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in communications or business. 

In ten years, you’ll read about me… I hope you’re not reading about me. I prefer to fly under the radar. 

You can connect with me via Facebook, Twitter (@APRoss525), Instagram (@APRoss525), or LinkedIn.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.