Ellis speaks frequently about making corporate social responsibility real for employees, about the value of cross-sector partnerships, and about social entrepreneurship. Before co-founding Common Impact, she worked as director of development and planning at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and as a research associate at Policy Studies Associates. She currently serves on the board of visitors for the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth.
Increasingly, the challenges facing our world require creative solutions that span traditional economic lines. For more than eight years, I have witnessed the remarkable transformation of communities that is possible when America's leading companies work side-by-side with some of our nation's most capable nonprofits. When done well, this process yields benefits for all involved – benefits that lead to new learning and great commitment to our communities from both sides.