Ellen Remmer

Senior Partner

Ellen Remmer is a recognized leader in the field of strategic philanthropy. She is a Senior Partner at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), the nonprofit philanthropic advisory firm that pioneered the field of strategic philanthropy advising and works around the globe to help donors achieve lasting social impact. Ellen has been with TPI since 1993 and served as President and CEO of TPI from 2007-2012.

Ellen has worked directly with dozens of family, corporate, and community foundations, and developed many of TPI’s philanthropy promotion initiatives. Recently, she has led TPI’s work to help donors amplify their impact through impact investing and launched Invest for Better, a campaign created to help women mobilize their investment capital for good. Among the many publications Ellen has authored are: Navigating the Territory: A Guide to Impact Investing for Donors; Raising Children with Philanthropic Values; Making a Difference: Evaluating Your Philanthropy; and Passion: Discovering the Meaning in Your Philanthropy. Ellen has been featured in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes to Chronicle of Philanthropy and Town & Country.

Ellen currently serves as the President of her family’s foundation, which supports girls’ empowerment programs and sustainable fisheries. Ellen also serves on the Board of The Nature Conservancy Maine Chapter, and Prosperity Catalyst, and is a member of the Oxfam Leadership Council. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.