Title: Chief Executive Officer
Major areas of responsibility: Strategic Planning, Agency Governance, Board Development, Community Relations, Policy Advocacy, Supervising Management Team, Financial Management and Fundraising
Relevant background: Ms. Ellis is a native Bostonian with over 20 years of affordable housing, commercial, and community development experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Her commitment to affordable housing began with her work helping to identify and fight housing discrimination against people of color in Boston in the Office of Civil Rights of the Fair Housing Commission during her college years. She made the transition to real estate as an agent and developer in 2001 after beginning her career as a Senior Project Manager at IBM developing on-line learning tools. She joined JPNDC’s staff as a Real Estate Project Manager in 2007 and in 2018 was promoted to the position of Real Estate Director. Over 11 years Ms. Ellis led the development of multiple complex developments that created and preserved more than 300 affordable homes in Jamaica Plain and 200 in Roxbury and Dorchester. In 2020, the Board of Directors selected her to be the Chief Executive Officer of JPNDC.
Year started at JPNDC: 2007