Ellen Friedman is executive director of The Compton Foundation, which seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these rights. Previously she served as the executive vice president of Tides, where she worked for 23 years. Previously, Ellen served as a program officer at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles managing grant-making in domestic violence prevention and public education.
She was also founding executive director of Sojourn Shelter for Battered Women in Santa Monica, California. Ellen is a trustee of Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and holds an MBA from UCLA. She lives and works in San Francisco, California.