Ellen's organizational experience reflects her commitment to social, political economic and gender justice. From 1995-2006, Ellen served as the executive director and president of the Funding Exchange, a national network of public foundations that support progressive social change. During her 11-years at the helm of the Funding Exchange, she oversaw organizational assets of more than $30 million and doubled the amount of annual donor gifts. Most recently she was the Program Director of Funders for LGBTQ Issues where she developed and facilitated projects, conferences and programs on racial equity, and on other issues of concern to LGBTQ grantmakers. Before that, Ellen was the director of the Park Slope Safe Homes Project, a community-based program for battered women and their children in Brooklyn, New York.
Ellen earned her Masters in Social Work in 1985 from Hunter College School of Social Work where she also taught as an adjunct instructor. She was certified as an Executive Coach by New York University in May 2010. Ellen sits on several national boards and is a popular trainer and public speaker.