Communications Manager


Though her grandparents met while working at the field biology station at the headwaters of the Mississippi, Ellie (she/her) 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, Ellie 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.

Ellie moved back home to Minnesota to put down roots in 2018 and is grateful to have landed at FMR.

FMR Role

Ellie edits and pulls together FMR’s regular communications, including Mississippi Messages, our biannual print newsletters and our annual report. She manages web content and gets to write articles and updates about FMR’s vital projects.

Personal Details

Ellie is a writer, occasional editor and bookmaker. She and her family enjoy exploring libraries and the great outdoors in equal measure. Little bluestem is her favorite prairie grass.


erogers@fmr.org, 651.477.0927 (direct line)

Ole Olson prairie, Mississippi River, Minneapolis skyline

Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.