Ellen brings over 25 years of grant writing and nonprofit management experience to her work with Pear Associates. She is committed to helping mission-driven organizations create opportunities for underserved and underestimated communities to thrive. Focused on building trusting relationships with clients, Ellen works with education, youth-serving, and workforce development organizations, successfully securing foundation, corporate, state, and federal funding to advance organizational goals and address community needs.
At Pear Associates, Ellen writes strategic grant proposals and impact reports, conducts prospect research, and manages grant pipelines. She supports Apprentice Learning’s early career education programs; Just A Start’s education and training, housing stabilization, and financial opportunity programs; The LEAH Project’s STEM education, college preparation, college persistence, and youth leadership development programs; Phoenix Charter Academy Network’s student support, social-emotional learning, therapeutic arts, and postsecondary/workforce development programs; and YouthBuild Boston’s education and workforce development programs.
Before joining Pear Associates, Ellen served as Director of Foundation Relations at Bennington College, where she directed all facets of institutional support, securing six-and seven-figure grants from national foundations. Previously, she served as a development consultant for Boston-based education, arts, and cultural organizations for 18 years, writing successful foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals for small to mid-sized nonprofits, including Boston Arts Academy Foundation, Apprentice Learning, and the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, among others.
Ellen holds a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Arts Administration from Lesley University, and a bachelor’s degree in History of Art from the University of Michigan. An avid knitter, she lives in MetroWest Boston with her husband and has two adult children.