Ashleigh Ruhl, President-Elect

I said I could and I would. And I did.

-Nellie Bly


Ashleigh Ruhl joined the Junior League of Long Beach in 2011-12 as a way to make friends in a new town (after moving to Long Beach from Colorado) and give back to the community.

She’s done just that: meeting many wonderful women in the League who have made Long Beach feel more like home. And, with those women by her side, she’s most enjoyed her longtime work on the Kids in the Kitchen project and taken on leadership roles that have taught her many lessons about nonprofit management. Being in the League is one of the best gifts she’s ever given herself.

Outside of the JLLB, Ashleigh is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor for multiple regional newspapers and wire services. She’s also involved in other nonprofit work, especially with charities related to literacy, including Literary Women of Long Beach and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library.

She strives to pay more attention to ordinary moments.