Ellen Buchman



Ellen brings to The Opportunity Agenda a breadth of knowledge, expertise, experience, and relationships having worked among leaders at local, state, national, and international levels for more than 25 years. She is an internationally-known trainer, leader, and practitioner of organization and coalition building, campaign initiating and implementing, and training in the intersection of organizing, advocating, and communicating for social justice. Ellen's career has been focused on building effective and inclusive teams and partnerships for progress toward racial and gender equity. Her work has centered mainly on issue areas including but not limited to criminal justice reform, immigration and immigrant human rights, and voting rights and access to democracy; and she has developed training curricula for advocates on the state, national and international levels on not only issues such as these but also on the skills needed for effective organizing, communicating and advocating for social change. Her expertise and vision is in building campaign and organizational structures to build power, and she is trained in outreach, leadership development, organizing and social work for change.

Prior to joining The Opportunity Agenda's staff in 2018, Ellen served as Executive Vice President for Field and Communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, where she worked for 15 years. Ellen is proud of her tenure at The Leadership Conference, where she piloted the organization's field and organizing program, and developed and oversaw the vision for the integrated field, communications, and policy work at the center of the organization; led and put into place dozens of successful campaigns; spearheaded mobilization, training and support to national, state, and local coalitions; and created innovative organizing and communications training models for advocacy around the country and at the international level.

Ellen divides her time between New York City and Washington, DC, where her home, life partner and enthusiastic and exuberant puppy reside.