Ashlei Tracy was born and raised in Lenapehoking, in the Coatesville area of Pennsylvania. She is a Black, queer, environmentalist with a background in biology, organizing, and urban agriculture. She has her MS in environmental policy, hoping to use that knowledge to create and advocate for progressive environmental issues. She is actively engaged in advocacy through the Sunrise Movement previously and Circular Philadelphia currently. She is a happy wife and cat mama of two.