Ashley Boalch Darby
Ashley Boalch Darby is a dynamic and outgoing woman with an entrepreneurial spirit. She currently stars on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac and owns Oz Restaurant in Arlington with her husband, Michael.
On July 10, 2011 she was crowned the 2011 Miss District of Columbia winner in the Miss America Scholarship Organization. On January 14, 2012, Ashley competed in the Miss America Pageant, and received the pageant’s first John Curran Journalism Award for her interview skills.
Since winning her crown, Ashley is active within the DC community, including becoming an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, and has raised funds for Children’s Medical Center in Washington, DC. She also volunteers with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, working to combat the 49% high school dropout rate in the nation’s capital by instilling the principles of entrepreneurship in young inner city minds.
As Miss District of Columbia 2011 and a product of a strong single-parent family, Ashley hopes that her experiences and success will allow her to be a role model to other young people similar to herself. She envisions that her legacy in the Miss America Organization will be exemplifying that anything is possible, and hopefully inspiring another young person to pursue his or her dream.