Ashley Gagné has lived in West Goshen for 15 years. She is an avid environmentalist, and being a steward of the planet has always been her calling. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience and two minor degrees in Astronomy and Russian from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. During her time in college, she served as a sustainability intern for 3 years. Ashley was also the first American student to accompany the prestigious Moscow State University Department of Geography to the remote Kola Peninsula in northern Russia, where she conducted geomorphological research alongside students and faculty of MSU. She also spent three months serving the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a gas geochemistry volunteer at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she measured SO2 emissions from Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano on Earth.
In 2017, she founded the West Goshen Sustainability Task Force (WGSTF), a grassroots group that pursues sustainability and environmental responsibility in West Goshen and the first of its kind. Ashley and the WGSTF were responsible for initiating the pursuit of the Tree City USA recognition, a first for West Goshen Township, and aided in the celebration of West Goshen Township's first Arbor Day observance.
Ashley regularly attends Township meetings. She has been involved with movements such as Don't Spray Me and has advocated for renewable energy in West Goshen as part of the Sierra Clubs "Ready for 100" initiative. She and members of the WGSTF also advocated for sustainability and natural resource protection as part of West Goshen Townships Comprehensive Plan.
Ashley resides in West Goshen with her husband and three children.