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Ellen Marson Foundation Relations Director

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

I believe that land rights are at the heart of systemic change and are fundamental to alleviating poverty and advocating for equity. In Poland, I witnessed the emotional socioeconomic impacts of families living in enormous, block-style housing with little to no hope of owning property or living in a house. This experience has made me more passionate about Landesa’s work to make families’ dreams to own their land a tenable reality and reap the economic, environmental, and educational benefits to be active within the global society.


Ellen leads the Foundations Team to build partnerships with private foundations. Ellen is a nonprofit professional and has managed multi-million-dollar portfolios for a variety of causes ranging from youth development, environmental education, and international development. She has provided grant writing training for nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association. She served as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps’ Environmental Education Program in Poland.


  • B.A. Environmental Public Policy, Michigan State University
  • B.A. Political Science, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Grant Writing
  • Grant Management
  • Fundraising
  • Program Management
  • Donor Stewardship
  • Strategy Development
  • Nonprofit Management

International Experience:

  • Poland