Emilie Ellis

Senior Program Officer

Emilie is a development professional with over eight years of experience in project management, team leadership, and training in the United States, Europe, and Southern Africa. Emilie joined First Nations as a Senior Program Officer in October 2019 and is based in the Longmont, Colorado, office.

Prior to joining First Nations, Emilie served as the program director of the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program, a nonprofit organization based in Gallup, New Mexico, devoted to eliminating health disparities among American Indians/Alaskan Natives. In this capacity, she led programming related to Native food systems strengthening, food access, youth leadership, training and outreach to community health workers and early childhood educators, and supported coalition-building efforts on the Nation. In addition, Emilie has prior experience in the international development field leading projects on health promotion, food production/access, HIV prevention education, and youth leadership in Namibia, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2010 to 2012.

Emilie holds a Master of Arts in development studies with a focus on sustainable development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Her master’s thesis focused on the barriers facing social movement building around food sovereignty in South Africa. She received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies-linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2009. Emilie also holds certificates in project management for development professionals and in permaculture design. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and traveling.