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Finance & Administrative Associate

Ella joined the ACLU of Maine in the fall of 2022. With a knack for organization and a penchant for numbers and analytics, she currently serves as the Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the ACLU, Ella most recently served as the Manager of Finance, HR Operations, and IT for several departments within the Provost’s Office at Northwestern University.

Ella’s interest in civil rights was piqued while growing up in rural Michigan, witnessing abuse and neglect within and without the foster care system. This interest later translated to advocacy through her fiction writing, as she had the privilege to get her BA at Columbia College and garnered several awards for capturing experiences of domestic violence, violence against women and children, and the aftermath of sexual assault and abuse.

In her spare time, Ella enjoys reading, music, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.