Staff Spotlight: Ashley Toia, Director of Strategic Projects

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How long have you worked at Town Hall?

2.5 years

What attracted you to working at Town Hall? 

The diversity of programming and the building. It was magnetic – we had just moved to Seattle and were walking by Town Hall, and felt this pull that we needed to be here, that this space was special.  Once we learned what all Town Hall offered, we were hooked!

What book could you read over and over again?

I have a 2 year old, so I literally read the same books over and over again nightly.  Current favorites include Pout Pout Fish, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Press Here, Green Eggs and Ham.  My personal choices would include  Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood.

Who would you most like to see presented at Town Hall?

Lin Manuel Miranda, Jeff Tweedy, Rachel Maddow

When you are not working, what are you doing?

Spending time with my family, snowboarding, traveling when we can, and knitting – so much knitting!

What is one thing people may not know about you?

I love live music, but have spent so many years working in entertainment and doing events that I sometimes struggle with being an audience member – I always find myself standing behind the sound engineer!

What aspect of your job do you never get tired of?

Getting to meet new people and feeling connected to my community.

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