Ashley Smith

Voter Outreach Specialist




As a Voter Outreach Specialist, Ashley helps advocate for conservation champions during elections by texting and engaging in conversations with voters and members of the public in order to defend Idaho’s public lands, and promote clean energy and water throughout our wonderful state.

My Story

I’m a conservation voter because I want my son to enjoy the same outdoors as I did growing up. As a native Idahoan, I grew up exploring Idaho’s rivers and mountains and quickly grew an appreciation for all that it has to offer. Huckleberry picking, hiking, fishing, and camping all became staples in my life and I try to spend as much time enjoying the great outdoors of Idaho as possible.

I was first introduced to the world of conservation with my summer internship at Friends of the Teton River, a nonprofit organization promoting watershed protection and restoration of the Teton River. Here I helped collect data in order to better understand water quality and habitat health in the Teton River watershed.

I was then selected as part of the Youth Conservation Corps crew for the United States Forest Service’s summer youth employment program. Here I helped maintain trails and update signs to make outdoor recreation easily accessible and enjoyable to all members of the community, whether they be hiking, horseback riding, dirt biking, or backcountry skiing the magnificent mountains surrounding Teton Valley.

I joined the CVI team this fall as a Voter Outreach Specialist and look forward to engaging with the public on topics that are most important to me.


  • University of Idaho: Bachelor of Arts in English – 2018
  • Youth Conservation Corps with USFS – Driggs, ID – 2011
  • Friends of the Teton River – Driggs, ID – 2009


Hiking, camping, huckleberry picking, horseback riding, white water rafting, fly fishing, ice fishing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, reading, metalsmithing, & crafting. Pretty much doing anything outdoors with my husband and two dogs, Bear & Keenai.