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As deputy director, Ellen is focused on resourcing Educate Texas’ strategic goal to generate new degrees and credentials to the state and to strengthen the state’s teaching and leading pipeline.  

Prior to joining CFT, Ellen served as development officer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and assistant director of special events at Children at Risk. She also spent two years teaching sixth and eighth grades at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston.

Ellen holds a bachelor’s in art history with a minor in poverty and human capability studies from Washington and Lee University.

Community Leadership / Board Service

Ellen enjoys volunteering with Children’s Hospital as a patient pal and serving as the co-chair of Washington and Lee University’s Dallas alumni admissions program.

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"The mission! What an incredible opportunity to play even a small role in bringing positive change to help our neighbors and community thrive."

Favorite Quote

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."

– Dolly Parton