“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do."
The “Celebration of Ethical Leadership” is a combined effort that stems from BBB’s annual “Excellence in Ethics” and Fresno State’s “Ethical Leadership” which is a true representation and a grand celebration of ethics in our local community.
The alliance between The Ethics Center, the Lyles Center, and the BBB is an opportunity to not only recognize and celebrate ethical leadership, but also bring the message of ethics to the community on a much larger scale.
Congratulations To Our 2021 Winners!
2021 Ethical Leadership Award Recipient
Ashley Swearengin is president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, a charitable foundation serving the six counties of Central California and providing over $100 million in funding to over 650 community benefit organizations over the last decade.
Prior to joining CVCF, she served as Mayor of the City of Fresno from 2009 through 2016. As mayor, she implemented substantial changes to improve the delivery of city services, revitalize the downtown and urban core, promote business and job growth, address chronic homelessness, stabilize the city’s financial position, and secure the city’s water future.
Ashley serves on a number of boards focused on inclusive economic development and educational attainment, including the Urban Institute, New America, College Futures Foundation, California Forward, and the James B. McClatchy Foundation.
Before becoming mayor, Ashley led a number of economic development initiatives in the Fresno region, including the Central Valley Business Incubator, the Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley at Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development, and the Regional Jobs Initiative. She holds MBA and BS degrees from California State University, Fresno.