Ellen Irie

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President & CEO


For over twenty years, nationally-known strategist and evaluator Ellen Irie has supported her clients—nonprofits and the organizations that fund them—in understanding and making the change they want to create. Whether conducting an evaluation, building organizational capacity or creating strategy, Ellen shares knowledge with organizations, collaborations, networks and initiatives so that they can understand their impact and make informed decisions about the ways they support and lift up their communities. With each client engagement, Ellen uses customized tools and processes from a diverse toolkit to effectively solicit useful data. She then translates this information into findings that support strategy development, continuous improvement processes and learning. In alignment with her deep interest in assessing difficult to measure initiatives (e.g., systems change, cross-sector efforts), Ellen endeavors to incorporate multiple perspectives—including funders, grantees, service recipients and other stakeholders—into research and planning processes.

Ellen’s work focuses primarily in the areas of youth, health, education, leadership organizational effectiveness and capacity building. As the President and CEO of Informing Change, Ellen is responsible for overall leadership of the firm. She holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Some of Ellen’s current and recent clients include:

  • Community Foundation Sonoma County
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Foundation for Jewish Camp
  • Hazon
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Interfaith Youth Core
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
  • Jim Joseph Foundation
  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • PJ Library
  • Repair the World
  • Rose Community Foundation
  • Voice of the People

Prior to joining Informing Change, Ellen consulted with Harder+Company Community Research and Communication Sciences Group, working with nonprofits, foundations and public agencies on evaluation, applied research and social marketing projects. Over the years, she has been an active volunteer in numerous community groups, including the Downtown Berkeley YMCA and the Japanese Community Youth Council.