Ainsley was born and raised in New England, and moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Higher Education Management from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Ainsley has spent her career in admissions, working primarily with international students. Ainsley was Director of International Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, working with students from Latin America, Southeast and central Asia and the Gulf Cooperative Countries and Middle East. Prior to that, Ainsley was an Associate Director of Admissions for the Wharton MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on domestic and international markets, as well as women’s initiatives and applicants early in their careers. Ainsley lives with her fiance and their two dogs in Center City, Philadelphia