Ellen Theg,  Director of Programs and Operations

Ellen began her environmental work studying ecology, with special coursework on the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth. After interning at the Council on Environmental Quality for a political perspective, she turned to research science for several years at Duke University. Choosing to pursue a secondary interest in film sparked by exposure to classic Japanese and European art films, she settled into the distribution side of the film and television business, developing her skills in intellectual property rights licensing as VP Business & Legal Affairs for a major European media company. Moving on to earn her MBA with a special focus on environmentally sustainable business practices, she brought this perspective to her contribution to The Five Horsemen of the Modern World, Daniel Callahan’s book examining the ‘wicked’ problems of climate change, food and water shortages, chronic health issues and obesity.

Ellen joined Groundwork Hudson Valley in 2014 to build structures for its grant and business processes, serving as Principal Investigator for Groundwork’s climate resiliency education grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and project manager for the initial stages of the construction of the Yonkers Greenway. She now serves as Director of Programs and Operations, managing a team of talented professionals in the areas of Rivers & Trails, Youth Development and Sustainability Education.

Ellen holds a B.A in Biology from Wellesley College and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.