“China’s Influence in America & the Threat It Poses”
Ashley Smith Thomas is the Founder & CEO of Freedoms Fund USA, a nonprofit with the mission to protect freedom and national security. She is also an Academy Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.
Ashley started her career as the Assistant to the Vice President of Corporate Development for The Blaze in Dallas. From there, she managed a $14.7M project to rescue and resettle persecuted Christians and religious minorities who were targeted by ISIS in 2016. Ashley and her team rescued over 1,000 families and resettled them to host countries in Europe, Australia, South America, Canada, and more. Upon accomplishing the projects goals, Ashley was approached by the CEO of a security company to assist with resettlement opportunities for victims targeted by Boko Haram in Africa. Ashley went on to further her lifes calling by starting her own non-profit organization to work alongside the private and public sector to protect freedom and national security.
Ashley is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, where she received her Bachelors in Communication and Government. While attending undergraduate studies, Ashley worked for a United States Congressman and interned at Winters & King law firm. Upon graduating from ORU in 2013, Ashley was 1 of 30 women chosen out of hundreds of applicants to participate in the National Education for Womens Leadership Institute, held at the University of Oklahoma. In 2018, Ashley graduated with honors from Liberty Universitys School of Law with her Juris Masters in International Law. In addition, she has earned professional certificates in Project Management and U.S. Intelligence Analysis from Southern Methodist University.
Ashley has briefed and continues to brief various panels within the intelligence community. Topics include the resurgence of ISIS, as well as the coalition between China, Russia, Iran; and, the threat they pose to the West.
Ashley and her husband reside in Dallas, as they continue to be a voice for freedom and protect national security from threats domestic and abroad.