Employee Spotlight

Ashley Prevette, Criminal Law and Legislative Project Assistant

Ashley Prevette, Criminal Law and Legislative Project Assistant

When Ashlee Prevette told her family that she was ready to leave North Carolina to move to Washington, D.C., they were supportive --- but there were definitely some raised eyebrows by her mother, father and younger brother and sister. The Mocksville native had never ventured too far from her small hometown of 4.5 square miles, populated by 4,187 residents.

A 2007 public policy graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ashlee was eager to explore her growing interest in public service and the nation’s capitol provided the perfect backdrop. Several undergraduate internships and field work in local government led her to reevaluate her initial dreams of attending law school.

“I thought I wanted to go straight into law school, but I was doing work in the policy department with the city of Durham and I was really inspired by the work we were doing through my school,” the Tarheel basketball fan explained.

In August 2007, Ashlee began her first job after college as a project assistant for the Criminal Law and Legislative projects at NAAG.

“What drew me here was the opportunity to work with people across the nation,” Ashlee said. “I get the opportunity to interact with people from different states and I get to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and other associations. You get a better grasp of how government works.”

Today, her day revolves around sign-on letters, discussions on social networking websites, the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the growing methamphetamine problem for law enforcement, regional meetings and other criminal law-related issues.

“I have to know what’s going on with policy issues and I end up tracking different legislation -- really understanding how Attorneys General affect policy,” Ashlee said.

While NAAG offers countless opportunity to understand how the law and policy intersect, Ashlee said she is still very disappointed by one failing of her job --- she has yet to meet North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who represents most of her family back home.

In her free time, she’s a “do-it-yourselfer,” building her own furniture for her apartment and creating her own wall décor. She also makes a lot of her own jewelry and frequently explores the local music scene, scoping out up-and-coming bands on the cusp of breaking into mainstream. And road trips with friends are a must.

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