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Ashley D. Bell

Ashley D. Bell
CEO
Ready Life

Ashley D. Bell

Ashley D. Bell is a partner focused on public policy, business and banking at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. He is the former White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the office of American Innovation. He was previously appointed by the White House in February 2018 to serve as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration for Region IV, serving Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri. Mr. Bell oversaw nine District Directors delivering all agency services to over 500 employees and partners dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurs had the support and tools they need to start, grow and succeed in business. Under his leadership, the SBA achieved this goal by providing access to capital and federal contracting opportunities, counseling and mentorship, and financial assistance following declared disasters.

Mr. Bell is also a celebrated attorney, having founded the successful law firm of Bell & Washington in 2005. He is the founder of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a national organization dedicated to criminal justice reform. He’s been named one of America’s top 40 attorneys under 40 by the American Bar Association, a National Impact Leader of the Year by IMPACT DC, and was a 21st Century Leadership Fellow at the Harvard University JFK School of Government.