Ashley Graham-WatanabeDirector of Compliance

Ashley Graham-Watanabe

Ashley is currently the Director of Compliance at NLSP but since her start in 2014, she has held various positions, from staff attorney to Managing Attorney for the Brief Services Unit.  In her role as Director of Compliance, Ashley is responsible for making sure all cases are opened, processed and closed according to federal and program guidance.  Ashley is also responsible for planning, upkeep and management of NLSP's case management system.


Prior to working for NLSP, Ashley was an attorney for 4 years with Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, where she was a general practitioner, practicing in family, housing, consumer and public benefits.  She also worked as a clerk at Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and graduated in 2010 with a specialty in advocacy and dispute resolution. She also received her B.A. in music from Appalachian State University.

Ashley can be reached by phone at, 202-849-8331, or via email to,

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