Ashir Coillberg

Policy and Community Coordinator

Ashir Coillberg received a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2009, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota in 2018, with a focus on racial equity in criminal justice. They have a background in social work with formerly incarcerated persons, and have long been an advocate and organizer for prison abolition. They are passionate about taking a radical, intersectional approach to social justice work, and hope that their work with the CARE Coalition will help lead West Virginia to transformative progress in the coming years.

Ashir is a queer, trans, temporarily able-bodied, white person who is constantly working to confront oppressive systems of white supremacy. They are a retired competitive rugby player, an amateur actor, a fiber-arts artist, and active in both Jewish and Pagan religious communities. Originally from North Carolina, Ashir is a West Virginian by choice. They live in Charleston with their wife and dog, and are expecting their first child in early 2020.