Her responsibilities include survey research, executive interviews and analysis of secondary research and data sources.
"Ashleigh's personality and skills are an excellent fit with our company," said McDowell Group Partner Susan Bell.
"She is naturally curious about Alaska's people, industries, and issues. She wants to help make a difference in people's lives."
Arledge began working for the research and consulting firm in October 2006 as a part-time research assistant.
Her primary focus has been the Denali Commission Program Evaluation, where she conducted dozens of interviews with community leaders throughout Alaska, compiled socioeconomic data, and participated in a site visit to Nome and Golovin.
Arledge conducted personal intercept surveys for the Alaska Visitors Statistics Program, a comprehensive study of business and leisure travelers conducted on behalf of the State of Alaska.
She also participated in several telephone surveys, including the Juneau Tourism Community Opinion Survey.
Prior to joining McDowell Group, Arledge served as Program Manager for the Maine International Trade Center and as Program Coordinator at the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, Switzerland.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Wellesley College, studying abroad in Northern Ireland and South Africa.
The McDowell Group has a full-time staff of 15 employees and offices in Anchorage, Juneau and Kodiak.
The firm has provided research and consulting services to a wide array of organizations since 1972.