Distinguished Alumni Awards


Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Ashley Harp Sheppard (01C)

Ashley SheppardAshley Harp Sheppard (01C) is a leader in creative thinking and strategy at Jackson Spalding, an Atlanta-based marketing communications agency. She has developed and managed social media strategy for brands like Orkin, SCANA Energy and Mattress Firm and applied her creative skills to fundraising materials for Berry’s master plan and product launches for Delta and Chick-fil-A. She serves as a mentor to upcoming employees and on Jackson Spalding's Leadership Team.

Ashley pioneered SingleServe, a volunteer group for service-minded single adults and coordinated eight projects for more than 35 participants to support nonprofits like the Northeast Georgia Foodbank, Bike Athens and the Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Commission. She became deeply involved with Community Connection, a nonprofit providing social service information and referral, serving on the board including two years as president.

In 2009, she was named to the Athens Banner-Herald annual 40 under 40 list and awarded the James McLain Leadership Award by her Leadership Oconee peers. Ashley was featured in a Council of PR Firms Making a Difference profile and was also a finalist for the Athena Award recognizing women who achieve career and community excellence.  Her work has earned professional awards such as the PRSA Phoenix Award and American Advertising Federation ADDYs. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.