Ashley Hood-Morley has worked in the plastics industry for over 15 years. She currently serves as the Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) Vice President of Industry Engagement. As part of PLASTICS’ senior team, Ashley leads strategy on membership acquisition and retention as well as oversees industry relationships and programs for PLASTICS stakeholders and key strategic partners.

Ashley has served in a variety of roles at PLASTICS, spanning a combined seven years, where she gained experience in new business development and managed PLASTICS’ portfolio of recycling, sustainability, and material initiatives across the organization. 

Ashley started her career in plastics at Eastman in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she worked as an engineer in new product development, manufacturing, quality assurance, and product stewardship roles, all of which supported Eastman’s Specialty Plastics business. She also had the opportunity to serve on Eastman’s Corporate Sustainability team as Strategic Initiatives Manager, where she led the advancement of sustainability integration into business strategies and supported the success of the Circular Economy platform.

Ashley is a proud Appalachian and University of Kentucky Wildcat. She was born and raised in Eastern KY and graduated from UK where she received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2007. She currently serves on UK’s Young Alumni Philanthropy Council and as a mentor for the PLASTICS’ Future Leaders in Plastics program.