Ashley Slight is the Director of Operations at Constant & Associates with ten years experience in project management, academics, public health, and emergency management. Her specialties include public health preparedness, point-of-dispensing site operations, healthcare emergency planning, emergency plan-writing, and exercise design.
Her professional interest in Emergency Management began when she was living along the Northeastern Coast of Japan during the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. Ms. Slight worked with the Japan Red Cross and the Misawa American Air Force responders as an interpreter during recovery efforts. She has also worked with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services in their Public Health Emergency Management division, providing new training materials for POD workers and first responders. She has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, the Assistant Secretary’s Office of Preparedness and Response, and numerous state and local public health and emergency management agencies to conduct trainings, exercises, workshops, and plan development projects across the nation.
Ms. Slight speaks fluent Japanese and has a Master of Public Health degree with a Specialization in Emergency and Disaster Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
First EM response/experience: 2011 Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Hobbies: Swimming, Horseback Riding, Reading, Gardening, Drinking Tea
Favorite Disaster Movie: The Mummy, Contagion, The World’s End
Favorite acronym: NACCHO
Strangest Personal Emergency Kit Item: crossword puzzles and paper to play MASH (this is how I survived being in an evacuation center with 30 Japanese teenagers in 2011)
Ideal Survival Food: Oranges and Tea