Ellen joined the Living Cities Capital Innovation team in November 2014 and became Chief of Staff in February 2016. Ellen spearheads board and member relations, pursues new relationships with funders, governmental organizations and private sector organizations, and oversees the launch of new projects and special initiatives that address emerging gaps in the field and enable more cities to test, adopt and apply best practice approaches so that large scale results are achieved nationally.
As a Senior Investment Associate with Living Cities, Ellen worked to source, underwrite and manage Living Cities’ Catalyst Fund investments that support the organization’s programmatic priorities to improve the lives of low-income people and the communities where they live.
Prior to joining Living Cities, Ellen worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Department of Housing and Community Development where she oversaw the State’s homelessness prevention and rapid-re housing programs. She was instrumental in developing a targeting tool to prioritize prevention resources for families at highest risk of homelessness and managed a short-term housing subsidy program for 7,000 previously homeless families.
Before working in the public sector, Ellen was a Vice President at SunTrust Bank where she originated, structured, and underwrote community capital investments with a primary focus on affordable housing developments. Ellen holds a Master in City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Enterprise Management from Wake Forest University.