Ashley Balius

Biography

Ashley is the Director of Community Outreach and Assistance for Linn County Community Services. Through this position, she oversees the General Assistance Department as well as community planning activities with local non-profits, governments, and organizations to serve low-income populations struggling with homeless or near homelessness, hunger, and persons with disabilities. Ashley currently serves on the City of Cedar Rapids Affordable Housing Commission, the City of Cedar Rapids Grants and Programs Advisory Committee, and the Linn County Continuum of Care. 

Ashley earned a B.A. in International Studies and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. Ashley has worked on a number of housing and community development projects in Iowa City, Sioux City, Kalona, as well as the Neighborhood Finance Corporation in Des Moines. Ashley started her professional career at the United Way of East Central Iowa where she was the Manager of Financial Stability. She is passionate about serving the community and working for those who are under-served. Ashley also loves dogs, baking, and cheering for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers. She lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and two dogs, Mikey and Louie.

Ashley Balius