New Jersey State League of Municipalities • 107th Annual Conference
November 15-17, 2022 • Atlantic City Convention Center • #njleague

Ashley Riker

Lead Facilitator
Etty Equity Learning and Development
Toms River,  
United States


I am a wife, mother, advocate, facilitator and trainer. I have worked in the non-profit and public service fields for the past 13 years. During my time as a public servant and child welfare professional, I trained and licensed many LGBTQ foster/adoptive parents for the Department of Child Protection and Permanency while also participating in their Safe Space Program. Over the past three years at Garden State Equality, I have expanded existing programming and developed new initiatives that serve LGBTQ+ youth & other marginalized communities. As the Safe Schools and Community Education Manager, I oversee 5 initiatives; Teach and Affirm, Library & Community Education Series, LGBTQ+ Youth Advocacy, Youth Caucus Leadership Program, and Educators for Equality. As part of my role as Safe Schools and Community Education Manager, I oversaw, the first of its kind in the nation, data driven LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program for New Jersey’s Public Schools. I am currently the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at RWJBarnabas Community Medical Center focusing of creating inclusive environments for our staff, our patients and their families. My family and I are a part of Pantene’s Family is #BeautifuLGBTQ campaign and I have been featured on Insider NJ’s OUT 100: LGBT Power List in 2019, 2020, 2021. I enjoy spending my free time going on adventures with my wife Ellie and our four amazing kids.


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