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Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Board Member, August 2016 to July 2019
Member, Building and Grounds Committee, October 2018 to present
The mission of PHFS is to help homeless families get into housing - and stay there.

Committee on Hunger and Homelessness (COHHO)
Member, 2006 to present
COHHO is a committee under the Social Justice program of First Unitarian Church of Portland. Our mission is "No one hungry, no one homeless, families thriving."

13 Salmon Advisory Council
Member, 2015 to 2019
The Council advised the First Unitarian Church and Portland Homeless Family Solutions regarding the Thirteen Salmon Family Center. With the removal of Portland Homeless Family Solutions to their own facility in the fall of 2019, the 13 Salmon Advisory Committee's work has ended.

Board member, 2002 to present
Walk21 has convened the annual international conference on walking in the 21st century since 2000. The board is currently nominal, but Ellen treasures her association with this game-changing effort.

International Federation of Pedestrians (IFP)
Board member and Vice-President, 2005 to October 22, 2015, representing America Walks
IFP is the international coalition of grassroots pedestrian advocacy groups. IFP advocates for walkers and walking at the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee (PROWAAC)
Member-at-large and chair, Editorial Subcommittee, December 1999 to 2003, representing America Walks
PROWAAC is a federal advisory committee convened by the U.S. Access Board to make recommendations on making the public right-of-way accessible to people with disabilities. Members of the committee were appointed by the Access Board. The recommendations of the committee were presented to the Access Board on January 10, 2001, and are available on the web at www.access-board.gov.

Citizen Advisory Committee, Portland Mall Revitalization Project
Member, May 2003 to February 2004
This body was advisory to the Steering Committee for the Portland Mall Revitalization Project, which added light rail to the Portland Mall. Ellen represented the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition on the committee.

Committee on Pedestrians, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Member, April 2001 to February 2004
The Committee on Pedestrians is concerned with the walking movements of persons to and from vehicles and along and across roadways and walkways. Members of the committee are appointed by the Transportation Research Board.

America Walks
Advisory Committee, 2005
Associate Director for Livable Communities, July 2003 to August 2004
President, January 1998 to July 2003
Co-Chair, June 1996 to January 1998
Co-founder, June 1996
America WALKs is a national coalition of local pedestrian advocacy organizations from across the country. Officers and members of the Board are elected by the Board of Directors.

Oregon Walks (originally the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition)
President, September 2001 to June 2003
Vice-President, January 1999 to September, 2001, and January 1994 to April 1995
Member-at-large, Board of Directors, April 1995 to December 1998, and June 2003 to July 2005
Secretary and Director of Communications, January 1992 to January 1994
Co-founder, July, 1991
Oregon Walks is a volunteer non-profit organization working to improve conditions for walking in the greater Portland, Oregon, region. Board members and officers are elected by the membership.

American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter
Secretary, Board of Directors, January 1998 to December 2000
Member, Board of Directors, January 1997 to January 1998
Co-Chair, Housing Committee, January 1996 to December, 1997
The American Institute of Architects is the professional society of architects. Portland Chapter board members and officers are elected by the chapter membership. Committee chair is appointed by the President,AIA/Portland Chapter.

Womens' Transportation Seminar Portland Chapter
Co-Treasurer, January 1997 to December 1997
WTS leads the way in the professional development of women in transportation. Portland Chapter officers are elected by the chapter membership.

Portland Pedestrian Transportation Program Citizen Advisory Committee
Member, October 1993 to June 1994
The Citizen Advisory Committee reviews the activities of the Pedestrian Transportation Program. Committee members are appointed by the Commissioner in charge of Transportation.

Northwest District Association Board of Directors
Secretary, September 1987 to September 1988
Member-at-large, September 1986 to September 1987
The Northwest District Association is the officially recognized neighborhood association for the Northwest Portland neighborhood. Board members and officers are elected by the membership.

Northwest District Association Transportation Committee
Chair, October 1986 to September 1991
Member, January 1986 to August 1994
The Transportation Committee is a standing committee of the Northwest District Association that evaluates and plans for the transportation needs of the Northwest Portland neighborhood. Committee chair is appointed by the President of the Association.

Metro Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee
to citizen member Molly O'Reilly, November 1990 to September 1994
The Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee advises the Joint Policy Alternatives Committee on Transportation, a committee of local elected officials from the Portland region. Citizen members and their alternates are appointed by the Metro Council.

Citizen Advisory Committee for the Metro Northwest Subarea Study
Representative for the Northwest District Association, January 1991 to December 1993
Citizens were appointed to the Advisory Committee by the Metro Council.

Inter-Neighborhood Review Committee for the Northwest Traffic Circulation Project
Chair and Representative from Northwest District Association, March 1987 to June 1994
The representative from the Northwest District Association was appointed by the NWDA Board of Directors. The chair was elected by the Inter-Neighborhood Review Committee.

Citizen Advisory Committee for the City of Portland 1990 Arterial Streets Classification Policy Update
Representative from Northwest District Association, February 1990 to April 1991
Representatives were appointed to the Citywide Advisory Committee by their District Coalition Boards.

link to the honors page

Meeting of the America Walks Board of Directors and friends in Washington, DC
September, 1997


The Northwest District Association celebrates the closure of NW 29th Avenue at Wilson Street as part of the Northwest Traffic Circulation Project

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