Ellen Clear joined the Packard Foundation in 2013 as a program officer for the Local Grantmaking Program managing the San Mateo and Santa Clara County portfolios. She brings two decades of experience in the philanthropic sector to her position, having served in leadership positions at two community foundations and consulted to nonprofit organizations and foundations, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Ellen was a Vice President of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) from 2007-2011, and part of the leadership team that merged two area community foundations to form SVCF. There, she led the endowment grantmaking team and was instrumental in developing the new funding priorities. Prior to the creation of SVCF, Ellen spent more than 11 years with Peninsula Community Foundation (PCF), one of SVCF’s predecessor organizations. At PCF, she served as Vice President of Community Programs, managing the team that directed grant investments, oversaw community initiatives, and delivered management assistance to nonprofits. Early in her career, Ellen worked as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina and as a financial analyst for an investment bank. A Bay Area native, Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is an active community volunteer in San Mateo and at her children’s public schools, is a past director of Raising A Reader, a national early literacy initiative, and has served on numerous San Mateo and Santa Clara County-based committees focused on public health and wellness issues, including homelessness, early childhood, and health care access.
Program Officer · Local Grantmaking