Market & Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship
Ellen Brown, our Market & Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Instructor brings multifaceted talents to GlassRoots spanning the for-profit, non-profit, entrepreneurial and philanthropic worlds. She was the Chief Operating Officer at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a premier, independent policy research organization and one of the architects of it's Essex County Construction Careers Consortium, a program that prepared and placed hundreds of low-income women and men from the greater Newark area in construction trade union apprenticeships; and of the Social Covenant Bond, a financial instrument designed to blend the interests of Wall Street with the growing Social Investment movement. Ellen was also a program officer for economic development and microenterprise development at the Ford Foundation in New York and South Africa. At Prudential Financial, she was a Project Finance specialist investing in early wind, solar and other alternative energy projects. Today, she combines consulting with her own creative business as an independent designer. She owns and operates The Doll Loft a wholesaler and retailer of innovative sewing patterns and doll making kits. Ellen holds an MBA from Columbia University.