In the past 10 months, Diana Ellis has hired and trained 15 people with barriers to job entry, mentored and trained an army veteran into a management position, and helped staff members receive ServSafe Manager Certifications with a 13 percent pay increase.
She accomplished this through her role as the interim vice president for City Seeds, a Baltimore catering company that is a social enterprise of Humanim, a nonprofit that supports and empowers individuals who face social or economic challenges by building pathways to economic equity, opportunity, and independence.
One of her hires was a food service utility worker who had been in the same job for 35 years under different contractors. After Ellis found out, she helped her get promoted to an assistant manager role.
Ellis points to these examples to demonstrate her commitment to closing the wealth gap through workforce and economic development and strategic partnerships. She has worked at nonprofits for more than 18 years and started two fundraising departments.
“I am proud of my ability to design and develop successful fundraising programs, build strong teams and strategic partnerships that have led over the years to raising millions of dollars that have directly supported and impacted Baltimore programs and individuals,” she said.
Ellis earned both her bachelor’s degree and MBA in less than 4 years from the University of Charleston, West Virginia.