As Community Impact Leader for Gensler's South Central region, Ellyn devotes her energies into supporting the needs and missions of not-for-proft organizations. In addition to The Art of Fundraising course work, Ellyn has experience as an auction chair and underwriting chair for multiple nonprofits, in each case completely re-thinking their approach and raising record revenues. With persuasive communication skills, honed through more than eight years as Gensler’s South Central Regional Marketing Director, Ellyn applies the power of storytelling to inform designs and help her clients connect with stakeholders, potential donors, employees, and the community at large. She currently serves on the boards of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Rice Design Alliance. Ellyn began her career as an attorney with Vinson & Elkins and holds a J.D. and B.B.A. from The University of Texas.