Senior Vice President – Market Development & External Affairs
As SVP of Market Development & External Affairs, Ellen leads corporate communications strategy and oversees the teams that engage with local and regional governments, business associations, and advocacy groups. Ellen has more than two decades’ experience in government and political communications and strategy, including serving as Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning for all four years of Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as the first woman Speaker of the House, and as Surrogate Communications Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign. She’s worked for two Virginia governors, and on Congressional, state legislative, and local government campaigns, as well as for non-profit advocacy organizations. Ellen is a former print, radio, and TV reporter, and has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and was selected as a Spring 2011 teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.