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President/CEO, Family Gateway

Ellen Magnis is Chief Executive Officer for Family Gateway, providing emergency shelter, housing and supportive services to families with children experiencing homelessness.

Formerly the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Chief of External Affairs, Ellen was responsible for “fundraising, education, legislative affairs and public relations. She launched and scaled the agency’s education program and led the dramatic growth of national corporate partnerships and federal agency relationships for an internationally attended annual conference for more than 3,900 professionals. During her tenure, she also supported a capital campaign and launched a major gifts strategy while aligning fundraising events to the organization’s mission. Known within the agency as a mentoring supervisor, she also spearheaded cross-agency improvements in performance management and led the development and execution of an aggressive strategic plan.”

Ellen has also held various vice president positions with the American Heart Association for nearly seven years, including VP of the American Stroke Association. She was also executive director of Minds Matter in New York City, “a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.”