Theresa Ellis is the Founder of Common Impact, where she served as CEO for 12 years. As CEO of Common Impact, Theresa set the strategy for the organization, recruited the team, and worked closely with key corporate partners. Theresa also worked closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization's long-term viability.
Theresa's vision in creating Common Impact was to find a way to unlock the talent resident in America's Fortune 500 companies, using this talent to create stronger communities for all. Through its innovative model, Common Impact channels critical, untapped resources into the nonprofit sector, while creating value for its corporate partners including companies such as Altria, State Street Corporation, and Fidelity Investments.
Common Impact has been widely recognized for its innovative model, creating a new market for volunteerism. Articles about the organization's work have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Business Journal, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Catalogue for Philanthropy, MITX (Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange), and the Social Innovation Forum.
Prior to co-founding Common Impact, Theresa worked as the Director of Development and Evaluation at CADCA and as a Research Associate at Policy Studies Associates. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College and chairs the Board's Nominations Committee. Theresa earned an A.B. in Religion with honors at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She also received the Phillip D. McInnis Class of 1936 Award, given to the outstanding woman in the graduating class.
Theresa and her husband, Adam, have one daughter, and live on the North Shore of Massachusetts in Beverly Farms.