Our Team

Our Executive Team

Executive Director
Anna Assenmacher has more than 15 years of experience leading new program and project initiatives in non-profit, corporate, university and government settings.  She most recently served as the Executive Director of Los Angeles-based Crayon Collection, which supports arts education in Head Start Centers and Title 1 elementary schools by collecting and upcycling gently used crayons from restaurants, hotels, and community-based groups across the U.S. and globally. Throughout her career Anna has served on a number of advisory councils with community-based organizations including the Chicago Foundation for Women, Women Employed, and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and was a 2012 public policy fellow in the Women’s Legislative Leadership Program. Anna volunteers her time with local organizations focused on supporting women and families, and most recently served as a mentor in the Women’s Empowerment Program for Los-Angeles based Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals. Anna holds a B.A. in business administration and finance from Calvin College and an M.A. in women’s and gender studies from DePaul University.  She lives in Lakeview with her husband, two young boys, and an Airedale Terrier named Teddy Roosevelt.

Engagement Coordinator
Ashley Chitwood spent 8 years in education both in the classroom and for several education nonprofits in New York City and Chicago. She has extensive experience in recruitment, operations special events and development.

Ashley joined the Share Our Spare team in 2017 as our lead engagement coordinator responsible for all aspects of our meaningful volunteer experiences and partner relationships.

Ashley grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York City after college where she earned her Masters in Special Education. She and her husband moved to Chicago in 2014. They live in Uptown and welcomed their first child this summer.