Prior to joining Battalia Winston in April of 2015, Ellen was the CHRO at the MacArthur Foundation. Her career includes significant leadership roles with other non-profits as well as executive search.

Ellen brings deep human resources leadership recruiting experience in philanthropy, higher education, cultural organizations and human services. She held the top leadership roles with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As Vice President for an executive search firm, Ellen successfully led searches for C-Suite and Director level Not-for-Profit leaders. Her executive search and recruiting experience is supplemented by expertise in cultural assessment, organizational effectiveness, job design, performance management, compensation systems and international HR in seven countries.

A native of the Chicago area, Ellen earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Loyola University of Chicago as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the American Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from DePaul University. She holds many certifications in HR including SPHR, ProSci Change Management, and several performance assessments such as MBTI and Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks series. Ellen has been a frequent speaker on best practices for talent management, succession planning and organization development as well. She has served as an instructor at Keller Graduate School of Business and DePaul University regarding Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Compensation.

Ellen sits on the Board of Directors for The Night Ministry, an organization that works to provide housing, healthcare and human connection to any and all community members struggling with poverty and homelessness.