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Meet Our Innovative Team

ashley beckner

director of finance and operations


How long have you lived in New Orleans? Since May 2013

Why do you work at Bricolage? I love working for an organization that simultaneously looks ahead at the world that our kids will enter in twenty years while still recognizing in the present that they are children with envious imaginations - children who should be celebrated and nurtured.

Where is your favorite spot in New Orleans? City Park

What is your favorite innovation of all time? Airplanes - one day we will probably think of them as a slow mode of transportation, but for now they let me discover people, places and adventures around the world and allow me to maintain in-person connections with my friends and family scattered across various cities.

What is your favorite memory of elementary school? My third grade teacher, Mrs. Neja, read us The Chronicles of Narnia. She read with such passion, and I can still remember her crying during the final scenes of The Last Battle. I was a voracious reader as a child, and the way she brought those stories to life will forever be imprinted on my brain. The series became some of my most cherished books - I reread them many times.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher

What is your favorite book for kids? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Where did you go to school (HS, College and/or beyond) 

High School - Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School
College - Marquette University
Graduate School - The Wharton School

What is the last thing you made? Right now, I'm most proud of my creations and innovations with the new and interesting Southern produce that I discover at the farmers' market.

Desert island question: you've got to bring three things with you (other than basics: food, water, shelter, love/family). What do you bring? A surfboard, a journal and sunscreen (I'm a redhead - my skin doesn't do well on islands).

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