Ellen Patterson has spent her career at the intersection of education, technology, and social impact. With a penchant for operational excellence and relationship building, she spent the past seven years in various executive leadership positions architecting the underpinnings of growth, scale, and transformation through EVERFI’s most critical moments.
Prior to her current role as Chief Operating Officer, she established and oversaw a world-class revenue team spanning sales, customer success, partner marketing, and revenue operations as Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer. During her tenure, EVERFI attracted and grew several thousand customers, including major brands like the NBA, BB&T, UBS, GE, AirBnB, and Google and over 1,700 institutions of Higher Education, who leverage EVERFI’s technology-driven social impact programs in K-12 schools, higher education campuses nationally, and with customers and employees globally. In the four years under her leadership, EVERFI experienced triple-digit revenue growth.
A former educator, Ellen brings more than two decades of business development and operations experience in consumer technology. She began her career teaching and mentoring at-risk youth in K12 schools across the Gulf Coast, Boston, and San Francisco. She later spent four years in Silicon Valley at both a digital media startup and AOL (now part of Verizon) where she ran several business lines and incubated consumer products as they took their online form – photos, video, retail, and app stores – shaping how we socialize, share, shop and engage today.
Ellen received a BA in Psychology from Georgetown University; an MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, where she served as graduate assistant to Pulitzer Prize winning author and Harvard child psychology scholar, Dr. Robert Coles; and an MA in Teaching as a pioneering graduate from the University of Notre Dame’s ACE program. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer; Board President & Strategic Planning Chair of Holy Trinity School in Georgetown, DC; and board member of CYO/Catholic Charities of San Francisco, among others. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three daughters.