Joe Biden's Activist Fashion Designer Daughter Ashley Biden Is Ready For Her Dad's Presidential Campaign

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Who Is Ashley Biden? New Details On Joe Biden's Daughter
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All eyes are on Joe Biden as he ramps up his 2020 presidential campaign with his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris.

The long-time Senator from Delaware, and Vice President under President Obama, has always made his family one of the centerpieces of his political identity. His wife and children were often visible in his previous campaigns, but his five grandchildren are stealing the show this time around.

Now, Biden is on the pursuit of the White House and will be more in the public eye.

Who is Ashley Biden, Joe Biden's daughter?

Joe Biden's youngest daughter, Ashley, is more likely to maintain a small public role in his campaign.

She has her own career as a social worker and non-profit director. Now, she has a sportswear line out that she ' using to fund some community development projects.

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Read on to learn about the potential First Daughter.

Ashley Biden is Biden's youngest daughter.

Most political observers know the story of Joe Biden’s first wife and baby daughter dying in a car crash shortly after he was first elected to the Senate in 1972.

His two sons, Hunter and Beau, survived the crash and he raised them as a single father, commuting daily from their home in Delaware to DC and back again. In 1977, he married his current wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and the couple had Ashley in 1981.

Ashley Biden has a degree in social work.

After getting an undergraduate degree from Tulane and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania, Ashley has been working as a social worker and is also a business owner.

Her LinkedIn profile says she was a Clinical Support Specialist at NHS Children’s Reach Clinic in Philadelphia, an Employment and Education Specialist at West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington, Delaware, and an Education and Employment Liaison at the Delaware Department of Services for Youth and their Families.

She then went on to be the executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice. At this non-profit, she worked to help offenders find ways to complete their sentences without going to prison and she helped felons reenter society after their sentence was over.

DCJ was previously known as the Prisoners Aid Society and lists its mission as, “The Delaware Center for Justice, Inc. is the leading non-profit organization in Delaware committed to transforming the quality of justice through advocacy, policy, and practice.”

Ashley left her role there in early 2019 to focus on her non-profit Livelihood.

Ashley Biden founded a charity.

In 2015, Ashley founded Livelihood, a clothing brand that would donate a portion of proceeds to community development initiatives.

She says on the Livelihood website, “My focus today is on the pursuit of my dream for community impact through innovative philanthropy, community reinvestment, and community empowerment via fashion. Livelihood is not about me, it’s about, We.

This is a brand that is all-inclusive, non-partisan, and empowering. The goal is to educate one another about economic inequality in the United States, celebrate extraordinary everyday people, provide funding for economic advancement, restore decision making at the community level, and provide cozy, functional, and sleek hoodies.”

The first collection of hoodies was launched in 2017 and were sold in partnership with the website Gilt, raising over $30,000, which Ashley says was deposited in the Delaware Community Foundation Livelihood fund.

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She plans to launch a second collection when she has the funds and will distribute it to community organizations in designated zip codes. The first of which is Riverside in Wilmington and the second is the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington DC.

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She memorialized her brother, Beau Biden.

The brand is a passion project for Ashley, a way of synthesizing her personal interests and her professional expertise. It was started after the death of her older brother Beau in 2015. Even the logo — an arrow pulled back in a bow, just about to launch — is a tribute to her feelings after his passing.

She said that her logo demonstrates how “we have to sometimes be pulled all the way down to shoot forward. He was my bow. His cancer brought me to my knees. I had no choice but to shoot forward, keep going, keep aiming at my own dreams.”

What does Ashley Biden do for a living?

Ashley has spent her career working on issues of income inequity and she sees the big picture n terms of different factors contribute to poverty.

She said, “I just want people to know about economic inequality. I want them to [know] the history of it... What are the policy reforms that are needed to change this? Everything from campaign finance reform to minimum wage to income tax benefits.”

She hopes that Livelihood will become a platform to discuss inequality and the solutions to it over the long term.

What is Ashley Biden's role in her father's presidential campaign?

At the moment, Ashley doesn’t have an official role in her father’s presidential campaign. But she has been part of his campaigns for her entire life in parades and town halls she attended from the time she was two years old.

At the beginning of her father's campaign, she said, “When we get closer, I’ll get much more involved.”

Earlier this August, she held a virtual meeting of the Wisconsin Women For Biden. The event was about child care, pay gaps, and reproductive rights.

She said, "I'm here today because I adore my father, but I also deeply believe he has the character and the vision to lead this country."

In addition, she said to the group, "When I say I’m ready for a Biden presidency, it’s not just because I think my dad is the best person. With my dad as president, he will help us solve some of the great challenges of our generation... And he has the empathy and fortitude to help us address the racial and economic disparities that undermine all communities... Make no mistake, women will decide this election. Women of color will decide this election.”

So, as the race for the White House progresses, keep an eye out for Ashley Biden as she campaigns on her father's behalf!

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Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. 

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted in July 2019 and was updated with the latest information.