About

             Ashley Lynn Priore is a graduate from the Ellis School for girls in Pittsburgh, PA and is a current student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in English and Business with a focus on political science, legal studies, and psychology. An award-winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation, Ashley is a chess competitor, writer and poet, and social entrepreneur. In 2014, Ashley founded The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute, a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization dedicated to teaching chess to the community and ensuring every child has the necessary tools and opportunities to learn the game through a twenty-first-century approach to education. A chess educator, programmer, and leader around the city, Ashley and the Queen’s Gambit have made partnerships with Pittsburgh City Government, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Remake Learning, City Schools and many more. Ashley is an innovate speaker and activist with a message to change the world through positive leadership. She started playing competitive chess at the age of four and began teaching at eight years old. Ashley is a Pittsburgh native who grew up in an educational atmosphere with a librarian as a mom and a historian and archivist as a dad. The only female and youngest board member of the Pittsburgh Chess Club and PA Chess Coordinator under the Women’s Committee, Ashley is a catalyst for change who started her own business at the early age of 14 years old.