Trustee: Gena Hudgins Ashe, C'83
Former Chief Legal Officer for the Brickman Group
B.A., Spelman College
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2015
City of Residence: Bethesda, Maryland
Gena Ashe was the chief legal officer for the Brickman Group, the largest commercial landscape, maintenance and snow removal company in the United States. As CLO she reported to the CEO and was responsible for leading corporate strategic initiatives for the legal, risk management, EH&S, compliance, and corporate governance functions, including advising senior management on company strategies, managing the referenced functions, and overseeing the work of outside counsel.
Ashe has a broad range of legal experience across a variety of industries, having held executive and senior level legal positions with large domestic and multi-national companies such as IBM, AT&T, Darden Restaurants and PBS, where she served as vice president and deputy general counsel. Prior to embarking upon her legal career, Ashe was a microcomputer-based design electrical engineer for IBM.
Ashe is very active in the community and has served on the boards of many community-based organizations including the United Negro College Fund of Central Florida, the DC Chapter of Girls, Inc., and Hebni Nutrition, to name a few. She currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association and is a member of the Georgetown University Law Center Alumni Advisory Board. She is also active with the Girls Scouts of America DC Council, Jack and Jill of America, the Charting Your Own Course Foundation, and The Links, Inc.
She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian. She also earned an international management certificate from Oxford University in England.
Ashe resides in Bethesda, Maryland and in her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, sports and entertainment attorney, Mason Ashe, and their daughter Kyndall.
My reason for wanting to serve on the Board – My passion for my alma mater began during my years as a student and still runs deep today. Having the opportunity to serve the school and the students in this capacity is an honor. To be able to help impact and shape the lives of these outstanding young ladies as they are groomed to make their marks on the world, is a blessing.