Ellen has served on more than 10 private and public company boards (including Extended Stay America, PROS, Farelogix, Travel & Transport, and Routehappy), primarily in the travel technology, corporate travel, and hospitality industries. She currently a member of the board of directors of CWT and Sojern. She also serves an advisor to two venture capital companies: Thayer Ventures, a venture fund focused on early-stage travel/transportation tech companies and Wayfare, a seed-stage venture fund focused on hospitality and travel tech. Additionally, she is an advisor to multiple technology start-up companies.
She spent the first 20 years of her career in a variety of finance and general management roles at American Airlines, Sabre and Travelocity.
Ellen is a lifetime member of the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She served for eight years on the board North Texas Public Broadcasting, chairing the finance committee and serving on the Executive Committee for four years. She served on the board of Trustees of Preston Hollow Presbyterian School for 6 years, including as Vice President. She was on the board of the National Business Travel Association Foundation for three years and served for two years as its chair, and has served several terms on the Business Travel News Advisory Board. She has twice served as a mentor at Menttium, an organization dedicated to improving professional performance of high potential female executives through mentoring.
Ellen received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.