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Theresa Ellis

Common Impact, Founder

Theresa Ellis, Common Impact, Founder

As Founder and now former CEO, Theresa Ellis set the strategy for Common Impact, working with the Common Impact team to realize the organization's mission, recruit the right people, and ensure the organization's financial viability. She worked closely with the team to design solutions that create enduring value for both nonprofit clients and corporate partners. She also represented Common Impact in the field, speaking frequently about the need to take a strategic approach to cross-sector partnership in order to bring various constituents to the table.

Theresa's vision in creating Common Impact was to find a way to unlock the talent resident in America's Fortune 500 companies, using this talent to create stronger communities for all. Through its innovative model, Common Impact channels critical, untapped resources into the nonprofit sector, while creating value for its corporate partners. By engaging employees who might otherwise not be involved in their community, Common Impact helps strengthen the social fabric of the communities in which it works.

Prior to founding Common Impact, Theresa worked as the Director of Development and Evaluation at CADCA and as a Research Associate at Policy Studies Associates. She has served on the Board of Visitors for the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College. Theresa earned an A.B. in Religion with honors at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She also received the Phillip D. McInnis Class of 1936 Award, given to the outstanding woman in the graduating class.