Ellen Lagerman | Manager – College Access Programs

Ellen1  Ellen is excited to serve as our Manager for our College Access Programs for the Be A Leader Foundation. Ellen will provide leadership and overall direction for our College Access programs which included our student-led Be A Leader Clubs, Be A Leader Institute High School program, and our Elementary programs.  


An Arizona native, Ellen is a tireless advocate for social justice. Her strongest focus has always been education because education is the foundation upon which all other successful advances are built. Education is the catalyst for a better future for everyone, everywhere. As Nelson Mandela pointed out, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”. Ellen is so grateful to be at the Be A Leader Foundation, where she gets to help students believe in themselves, become great leaders, achieve academic success, and change the world!


From her days as a camp counselor to her work as a college advisor, working for and with youth has always been Ellen’s greatest passion. Ellen started advocating for students and education while at North High School, where she was in the IB program. In college she got involved in the Arizona Student’s Association, working as a community organizer. In 2010, she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in History and concentrations in Political Science and Spanish. After college, Ellen served with the Episcopal Service Corps in Boston, working as the Social Action Coordinator for a nonprofit advocacy organization. She also got to plan and facilitate the Interfaith Youth Initiative program which focused on youth empowerment, advocacy, peacemaking, and leadership training. Upon her return to Arizona, Ellen was fortunate enough to start working for College Depot, helping students navigate the college process and achieve their educational dreams. In 2014, Ellen received her Masters in Public Administration from ASU.


Ellen plans on using her experience and education at Be A Leader in order to help students realize their potential, achieve a great education, and go on to lead and make positive differences in their communities, states, and beyond.


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