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Ashley Olson

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Ashley Olson

Executive Director

Ashley Olson has been a member of the Willa Cather Foundation staff since 2008 and has served as the organization's Executive Director since 2014. Olson holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a certificate in fundraising management (CFM) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She achieved a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2019, signifying the highest standards of ethics and professional conduct through the only accredited and globally recognized certification for fundraising professionals. In her capacity as Executive Director, Olson heads the organization's staff and oversees management of the National Willa Cather Center, Red Cloud Opera House, Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, and the nation’s largest collection of nationally designated historic sites dedicated to an American author. During her tenure as Executive Director, the Foundation's assets have grown by more than $8 million.