Ashley Bell, now an Associate Director of the Peace Corps, has been appointed regional director for the Small Business Administration in the Southeast.
Bell, a lawyer and former member of the Hall County Board of Commissioners, has held several positions in the Trump administration — most recently as an Associate Director of the Peace Corps. He got in early with President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republican forces in the general election.
“I’m a Day One guy for the administration,” Bell told The Times in a call from Atlanta on Tuesday.
Bell worked in communications for the Republican National Committee during President Donald Trump’s campaign, and after Trump’s election Bell worked in communications for the State Department transition team before moving to the Peace Corps to work in external relations with other agencies, the public and Congress.
Bell’s brief career at the agency
Washington, D.C., July 7, 2017 — The White House has appointed Ashley Bell as the new Associate Director for External Affairs at Peace Corps. As head of External Affairs, Bell will oversee Peace Corps’ Offices of Communications, Congressional Relations, Gifts and Grants Management and Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs.
“Peace Corps volunteers represent the best the United States has to offer and I am grateful for the opportunity to support an agency founded in the American ideal of serving others,” Bell said. “As head of External Affairs, my hope is to highlight to the public the vital role Peace Corps plays in irrevocably changing the lives of both volunteers and the communities they help.”
Bell joins Peace Corps with a wealth of experience in external affairs and international relations. Prior to Peace Corps, Bell served as a special advisor in the Public Affairs Bureau of the Department of State, where he developed strategy around the Secretary of State’s domestic engagement agenda. During the presidential transition, Bell served as the communications and intergovernmental affairs lead on the landing team at the Department of State.
Before joining the Trump Administration, Bell was a senior strategist for communications at the Republican National Committee (RNC). As national director of African American political engagement for the RNC, he managed and provided strategic direction to over 200 RNC field employees and thousands of volunteers. He is the founder, chief executive officer and chairman of 20/20 Leaders of America. A lawyer by trade, Ashley began his career as a public defender, and later became a trial attorney and co-founder of the law firm Bell & Washington LLP, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University.
Of course, he was never a PCV.