Ellen Pennow is a member of Spencer Stuart’s Education & Social Impact Practice. With over a decade of experience in strategic consulting, Ellen is a trusted advisor to organizations committed to influencing public policy to create scaled impact. She specializes in leadership transitions, focusing on CEOs, presidents and top leaders in associations, philanthropy, education and public policy. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Trusted advisor to policy impact organizations

  • Ellen has been a core member of Education and Social Impact Practice since joining Spencer Stuart in 2015, with particular expertise in the associations, professional societies, global development, education reform and philanthropy sectors.
  • Previously, Ellen worked as an associate at McKinsey & Co., where she focused on marketing and strategy consulting for a variety of retail, consumer and industrial companies.
  • Earlier in her career, Ellen spent several years with Huron Consulting Group as a healthcare consultant.

Ellen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She also earned an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

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