The Pittsburgh Foundation

Ashley Hezel Grants Manager


Ashley joined The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2016 as the Grants Manger and is responsible for the oversight and management of the granting process of the Foundation. This process includes shepherding grants from proposal to payment/declination and closure and working collaboratively across the multiple departments and constituents with a deep understanding of the needs of grantees, donors, and other stakeholders to ensure that those perspectives are incorporated in the grants process. She is accountable for actively managing and overseeing execution of the grants processes in terms of proper review, approval, accuracy and timeliness, monitoring compliance with external rules and regulations, assessing adherence to donor intention on grant funding sources, and ensuring accuracy on all grant reporting. 

Ashley has almost 15 years of experience working in project, finance and grant management. Before joining our staff, she worked for the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, in various project and finance management roles. Prior to her time overseas, she was statewide project coordinator at the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium and at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she was lead grant administrator. Shortly after graduating college, she lived in New York City for several years where she worked as a finance assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She earned her master’s in public and nonprofit management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and has a bachelor’s in business management from Belmont University. Ashley grew up in Nashville, Tennessee but cannot play a guitar, let alone sing in key, even if her life depended on it. She lives in Squirrel Hill with her best friend and superstar husband, Mike, and their three spunky boys, all under the age of seven.