Ellen Friedman, Compton Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Climate change, peace and national security, reproductive rights and justice

CONTACT: 415-391-9001, ellen@comptonfoundation.org

PROFILE: Ellen Friedman has been the executive director of the Compton Foundation since August 2010. Before this, she was the executive vice president at Tides for over 22 years. She also served as the managing director of the Community Clinics Initiative.

Her LinkedIn profile shares the following about her current position:

-Leads progressive family foundation and implements creative programs in areas of environment, women's rights, and peace. 
- Transformed $65 million endowment to 100% mission invested
- Promoted equity investing in social change documentary films through membership in Impact Partners
- Serve on the Divest/Invest Philanthropy Management Committee
- Designed special initiative grants program in climate change and advancing a gender lens for US foreign policy. 
- Speak and blog widely to advance the mission of the Foundation.

Her Council on Foundations bio shares:

Ellen Friedman is the Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, which seeks to ignite change toward a sustainable, just, and peaceful future. The Foundation’s program strategy supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling in the areas of peace, environment, and women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice.  Previously Ellen served as the executive vice president of Tides where she worked for 23 years with individual donors and other social change activists. During her tenure at Tides, between 1999 and 2005, Ellen led the Community Clinics Initiative, a partnership between The California Endowment and Tides, which supported the technology capacity development of California’s Community Health Centers. Ellen brings to her work a deep interest in organizational design and leadership, innovative grant program development and implementation, and a passion for transformative social change around the world. She is a trustee of Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund and a member of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Advisory Board.