Ellen leads the School Systems Leaders Fellowship, a competitive yearlong leadership development program whose goal is to prepare senior Teach For America alumni for systems leadership roles (i.e., cabinet-level leaders) in which they are fundamentally changing academic and life outcomes for students system-wide.
Previously, Ellen served as the Executive Vice President of 50CAN, a national, nonprofit advocacy organization focused on changing state policy to improve public education. Prior to joining 50CAN, Ellen was the Executive Director of the Education Equality Project, a national education advocacy organization founded by former NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and co-chaired by Klein, Michael Lomax (CEO, UNCF) and Janet Murguia (CEO, National Council of La Raza). Ellen also served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the NYC Department of Education. Earlier stints included consulting, philanthropy, and research.
Ellen holds a BA from Haverford College in urban studies and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Ellen serves on the Board of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies. Ellen lives in Brooklyn with her husband and goofball new son, Toby.