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 Philosophy & Politics with a minor in economics. An award winning and nationally ranked player under the United States Chess Federation, Ashley is a competitive chess player, 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. Queen’s Gambit is dedicated to using the strategy of chess to keep Pittsburgh sustainable and innovative for the future. A chess educator, social advocate, 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 to use chess to empower communities.
Ashley is 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 currently serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Chess Club, Women in Digital Pittsburgh, Dragon’s Den, Pittsburgh Learning Commons, City of Bridges High School and the Pittsburgh Museum of Cartoon Art. She is also a part of the Kidsburgh Advisory Team and Prototype Pittsburgh Advisory Board. She serves on several committees including the the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network, Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance, and the Executive Women’s Council of Greater Pittsburgh. Ashley is an active committee member under United States Chess.
A catalyst for change who started her own business at the early age of 14 years old, Ashley seeks to empower all to use their passions for good. In 2019, Ashley entered politics and is currently a candidate for Pittsburgh Board of Education, District 4.