Ashton co-founded Greenspring Associates in 2000, and manages the Firm's office in Owings Mills, Maryland. Ashton is a third-generation venture capitalist. Before co-founding Greenspring Associates, he was at T. Rowe Price Associates ("T. Rowe Price"), where he was one of the youngest marketers of the firm's investment management services to both institutions and high net worth investors. Specifically, he marketed T. Rowe Price investment management services to the general partners of venture capital funds and entrepreneurs in both the United States and abroad. Ashton serves on the Board of Trustees of Elon University, Bessemer Venture Partners, Domain Associates, Pelion Venture Partners, the Limited Partner Advisory Board for QuestMark Partners, and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Selection Committee. Ashton graduated from Elon College. He also studied via exchange programs at the University of Legon in Accra, Ghana and Curtin University in Perth, Australia.