Ellen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation”. She also spends much of her timeactively managing a portfolio of 50+ startups either as an angel investor or advisory board member.  Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for learning technology company Instructure (NYSE: INST), commercial real estate finance company Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD), and social network for military and veterans company Rallypoint. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the President of Arizona State University, repeatedly named the “most innovative” US university by US News & World Report.  


Ellen spent the better part of a decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was first founded.  Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen spent two years running a groundbreaking program at Stanford University, facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the University research community by championing questions having to do with people, technology & innovation.  Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn, LNKD), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer, AAPL; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University).

Referred to as the "Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley," Ellen now focuses a good deal of her time on topics generally associated with dynamic, rapidly-growing startups; on all aspects of the “Future of Work” (automation, AI, job displacement, skills training, and education), on various aspects of social networks within “the enterprise”; and on what it takes to build, foster and leverage innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models.


She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.