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Ellen Alderton
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Ellen Alderton

Senior Grants Officer

Ellen works across Hispanic Access Foundation departments and with current and potential project partners to design and draft winning grant proposals. She has spearheaded projects ranging from environmental justice to informal STEM education, Christian parenting, citizen science, and more. Before coming to Hispanic Access, Ellen worked for various minority-serving organizations including the United Nations, the Peace Corps, and Self Reliance Foundation/Hispanic Radio Network. She received her B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College and her M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and completed exchange programs at M.I.T. and Universidad de Cordoba in Spain.


Why she works for Hispanic Access…

"I've lived in nine countries and enjoy working with people of different cultural backgrounds. Above all, it's important to me to serve high-need communities."


In her spare time…

“I am fascinated by pioneering psychiatrist Alfred Adler and do everything I can to spread the word about his technique of early memory interpretation.”

Her favorite book…

“I love Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. The best scientific rebuttal to racism.”

A person she finds inspirational…

“I admire Senator Tammy Duckworth. She lost both legs serving her country in Iraq and still serves as a political leader now.”

About Us

Hispanic Access Foundation connects Latinos and others with partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society.

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