A Palm Beach County native, Ellen received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Princeton University. She began her career with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, executing a landmark $5.4 billion housing rehabilitation program of arson-devastated areas in Harlem and the South Bronx to create affordable housing units and self-sustaining neighborhoods. She also directed multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects for Phipps Houses, the oldest and largest not-for-profit affordable housing developer in New York City.
In South Florida, Ellen has managed the design and construction of high-end custom homes in many of the area’s finest communities. She is dedicated to exceeding the needs of clients by providing superior service, expertise, and unwavering attention to detail that is required to complete upscale projects with demanding specifications. Ellen also has experience in commercial construction from her time at NextEra Energy/FPL, where she managed corporate real estate projects of land development and interior build outs. Very committed to the community, Ellen has served as Vice Mayor and Council Member of the Town of Juno Beach and in 2017 was a nominee for the Women in Leadership Award, Public Sector from Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. She currently serves as a Trustee of Palm Health Foundation and Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. Her community involvement has also included Regional Chairperson of the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee and board member of Suncoast High School Foundation, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, All Saints Catholic School, and Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association. An avid life-long athlete, Ellen has competed in numerous races including the Florida Half-Ironman Triathlon and the Athens Marathon. She won a gold medal in 60-meter hurdles at the 2012 US Masters Track Championships and set an American record as a member of a relay team.