Ellie is a multifaceted professional with a diverse background spanning the nonprofit, fine art, communications, and education sectors. Notably, as the Executive Director of DESIGNxRI, she oversaw substantial growth and transformation, expanding the budget, diversifying fundraising sources, and enhancing existing programs. Her commitment to driving equity and inclusion is evident through her improvements in internal training, documentation, and community involvement. Earlier experiences as the Director of Development and Operations at the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island showcased her adeptness in grant writing, relationship building, marketing, and event planning, leading to remarkable achievements like developing Rhode Island’s inaugural Women’s Well-Being Index and significant budgetary growth.
In addition to these roles, Ellie heads POPsicle Consulting, where she has been pivotal in tailoring content and campaigns for diverse audiences. Her extensive 25-year tenure as a fine -art photographer and 17 years as a teaching artist has seen international exhibitions, accolades, and teaching engagements at prestigious institutions, including Rowan University, Ithaca College, Temple University, Moore College of Art, University of the Arts, and University of Ulsan in South Korea. Ellie’s unique amalgamation of experiences across various industries reflects the abundant knowledge and enthusiasm she brings to every project and role.