Ashton is an Operating Partner and the Head of Capital Formation at Lowercarbon Capital, where she leads the firm's partnerships with existing and future investors. She spends her time developing strategy to envision and build new products, as well as cultivating a strategic ecosystem of partners to amplify the impact of the portfolio.
Ashton brings years of experience in relationship and stakeholder management across institutional allocators investing in alternatives as well as donors in the not-for-profit ecosystem. Prior to joining Lowercarbon, Ashton was the Head of Investor Relations at Obvious Ventures where she led capital-raising efforts and built solutions for relationship management, including the ESG considerations of limited partners. She started her career in financial services leading investor relations at Clocktower Group, helping the firm to conceptualize and scale new offerings across the hedge fund and venture capital landscapes. There she built an infrastructure for investor relations and capital formation, cultivating global relationships across the firm. She was responsible for the onboarding and management of external partners spanning sovereign wealth funds, public pension plans, university endowments, foundations, and family offices. Ashton also spearheaded the firm’s marketing and PR efforts while taking the lead on strategic initiatives like the firm’s pursuit of thought leadership in the ESG and DEI spaces.
Before her financial services career, Ashton spent her time advocating for international disability rights through her academic, policy, and direct service pursuits around the world. Ashton holds a BA in International Development and a minor in Disability Studies from UCLA. She continues to advise early-stage venture capital firms that are active in the disability and accessibility ecosystems.
Ashton grew up in San Diego after immigrating from South Africa, inspiring her thirst for adventure at an early age. You can find her happiest when wandering the streets of her latest travel destination, sampling new cuisines, or sparking up a conversation in a language she doesn’t know. Ashton never leaves the house without a book. She is an avid recipe follower in the kitchen and was a competitive gymnast in her first act.