Ashley N. Cloud, Esq., M.B.A.

Attorney Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC

Growing up in a family of business owners ranging in industries from fashion and beauty, to trucking, Ashley Cloud has always been passionate about entrepreneurism in the black community. Currently, Ms. Cloud is an Attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration, the federal agency tasked with providing support and services to the nation’s small businesses. Most recently, Ashley has focused her practice on participating in and developing programs to assist small businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ashley received her law degree and M.B.A. from Howard University in 2016. During her time at Howard, Ashley served as Co-Founder and the inaugural President of the Fashion Law Society at Howard Law - the first of its kind in the Washington, D.C. area. She also served as Co-Chair of Fashion Law Week, an annual week-long symposium that focused on the emerging legal issues facing the fashion community. Ms. Cloud is currently a member of the New York City Bar Fashion Law Committee. In 2020 and at the height of overdue attention to the issues facing Black people in America, Ashley organized and moderated a panel with thought leaders discussing solutions to the diversity issue in the fashion industry.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys mentoring aspiring black attorneys, practicing yoga, traveling, and styling her favorite thrift store finds.