My family has thrived in Traverse City because of the support of our schools, friends and neighbors. So I have worked hard to share that support back with people throughout our city. I’ve served on nonprofit boards, gathered support to solve community problems, and organized simple things like leading a bike train to our school. 

Now I’m running for a four-year seat on the City Commission out of this sincere desire to serve. My style is to connect with neighbors, listen, communicate with an open heart and put the time in to really understand issues. 

I love Traverse City and I’d love this chance to support our community. Vote Ashlea Walter for TC City Commission!




  • Vice Chair, Traverse City Arts Commission 2019-present
  • President, TCAPS Montessori PTO President 2017-2019
  • Founder, TC Women in Marketing & Communications 2016-present
  • Communications Committee, TCAPS Bond Yes! Committee 2018
  • President, Board of Directors, Norte! Youth Cycling, Traverse City, MI 2015-2018
  • Steering Committee Member, City Lot, Traverse City, MI 2015
  • Board of Directors and Marketing Committee Chair, Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain. 2013-2017
  • Founder, Empire Asparagus Festival, Empire MI 2003-2009 Organized and promoted the event celebrating locally grown asparagus & rural village life.
  • Empire Village Council, June 2004-2007
  • Board of Directors, Glen Arbor Art Association 2000-2002
  • Board Member, Woman2Woman TC


Traverse City Business News 40 Under 40

Traverse City Business News 50 Leading Women in Business


An accomplished leader with fresh ideas, Ashlea offers two decades of innovative community engagement, marketing, communications, and fundraising experience. She has honed and deployed her expertise across a diverse spectrum of sectors: the arts, political, finance and banking, education, recreation and tourism, small business, and non-profit.


BA, Kalamazoo College

Art & English


Wife to Chris, and mother of two daughters: 2nd and 5th grade in the Traverse City Area Public Schools