Ellen Remmer is a recognized leader in the field of strategic philanthropy. She has been with TPI since 1993 and served as President and CEO of TPI from 2007-2012. Ellen has developed many of TPI’s philanthropy promotion initiatives and signature donor learning programs. She speaks internationally on the subjects of strategic giving, family philanthropy, growing philanthropy and women as donors. Among the many publications Ellen has authored are: What’s a Donor to Do? The State of Donor Resources in America Today; Philanthropy for the Wise Donor-Investor: A Primer for Families on Strategic Giving; Raising Children with Philanthropic Values; Making a Difference: Evaluating Your Philanthropy; and Passion: Discovering the Meaning in Your Philanthropy. Ellen has been featured in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes to Chronicle of Philanthropy and Town & Country.
Ellen has worked directly with dozens of family, corporate and community foundations, helping them develop powerful strategies for social impact and strong governance structures and practices. She has designed and co-managed several initiatives aimed at building the capacity of community foundations and professional advisors to better donors.
Ellen currently serves as a board member of her family's foundation, which supports girls’ empowerment programs and environmental sustainability. She serves on the Board of Visitors of Indiana University’s School on Philanthropy, where she was long-time chair of the Advisory Council for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and is a member of the Oxfam Leadership Council. Prior to her work with TPI, Ellen worked as a corporate strategic planning consultant at the firm of Temple, Barker and Sloane (now Oliver Wyman). Ellen completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.