Ellen provides a range of assistance to IPA's Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) initiative and Strategic Projects, including managing a study on mask-wearing in Bangladesh. She supports the broad-reaching activities of IPA’s IPV Initiative and directly spearheads an IPV-focused randomized controlled trial at IPA's Liberia office. Previously, she was the IPA lead for the Leveraging Social Connections randomized controlled trial, a project that used dynamic social mapping and cash transfers to test the impact of decentralized targeting for social protection programs in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. She has also managed several programmatic tests, qualitative surveys, and gender-sensitive research training.
Before joining the IPA team, Ellen has supported gender and development projects in Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has experience in formal research, portfolio analysis, grassroots capacity building, operations support, and team management. She has a Masters of International Development Policy with a Concentration in Applied Economics from Duke University. She earned her undergraduate degree, a double major in Economics and Religion, from Lake Forest College. She speaks (West African) French and Kiswahili.