Though her grandparents met while working at the field biology station at the headwaters of the Mississippi, Ellen grew up downriver in the Twin Cities. She developed an affinity for Minnesota’s lakes and rivers on childhood hikes and canoe adventures.
At Macalester College, she majored in environmental studies and became the herbarium curator and co-conspirator of the first green roofs in St. Paul. After graduation, Ellen moved to northwest Washington to work with Skagit Land Trust, an organization stewarding another beloved river valley. That job led to roles in nonprofit communications, teaching, editing and design. Her time there also helped her cultivate an even deeper land and water ethic.
Ellen moved back home to Minnesota to put down roots in 2018. She is overjoyed to have landed at FMR.
Ellen edits and pulls together FMR’s regular communications, including Mississippi Messages, our biannual print newsletters and our annual report. She manages social media and web content and gets to write articles and updates about FMR’s vital projects.
Ellen is a writer, editor and bookmaker. She and her husband enjoy exploring libraries and the great outdoors in equal measure. Little bluestem is her favorite prairie grass.
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