Ashley Lynn Priore—a civic and social entrepreneur, nonprofit founder, educator, innovative speaker, public servant, strategist, and writer—is the founder, president and CEO of Queen’s Gambit, a national, multi-departmental hybrid nonprofit and social enterprise using chess as a catalyst for change. Ashley is the author of four books, including Let’s Learn Chess!, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics at the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing, focusing on politics, social justice, and entertainment, has been featured in national platforms including MS. Magazine, Thrive Global, Herself 360, and Buzzfeed.
At the age of fourteen, she founded a nonprofit organization that teaches life skills through chess. The Chess Institute supports education for youth through chess outreach, programming, and community projects. At the age of 19, Ashley founded a social enterprise dedicated to strategy consulting through chess theory. Under her leadership, Queen’s Gambit has established chess in all 9 districts of Pittsburgh and built relationships across Pennsylvania. Ashley has led national initiatives including the Proud Pennsylvanian, TogetherPGH, and the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Project. Along with maintaining a growing annual budget through fundraising and donor support, Ashley’s “chess theory” consulting model has completely modernized the chess world. Queen’s Gambit encourages communities and individuals to use strategy tools to navigate the future. From overseeing community development to working with national leaders, Ashley views chess as a way to solve some of society’s biggest obstacles.
Ashley also leads Priore Consulting, a strategy firm supporting organizations and corporations with strategic planning and large-level projects. Clients use innovative critical thinking techniques to balance sustainable business models and healthy community development. An innovate speaker who appeared on the Tedx stage in 2018, she started playing competitive chess at the age of four and began teaching at eight years old. Ashley is an award winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation.
Ashley currently serves on several nonprofit boards. Her Y’22 Movement has inspired boards nationally to engage in board diversity and membership. In her free time, Ashley serves as a mentor to young entrepreneurs through Startable PGH, a program of Innovation Works. In 2019, Ashley entered politics and was a candidate for Pittsburgh Board of Education, District 4.