Our Staff

Associate Executive Director and Evaluation Lead

As Associate Executive Director, Ellen Unruh is part of the management team at WRI, participating in programmatic and staff oversight. As director of the Innovations in Family Recruitment project, Ellen Unruh provides a wide range of experience and skills in project management, research and evaluation, grant administration, and policy development.

Before joining WRI, Ellen worked as a research scientist at the Center for Human Services Research at SUNY Albany, conducting program evaluations for state agencies. In this role, she implemented multi-stage, mixed method evaluations of innovative service models, designed data collection tools and survey instruments, and developed reports to stakeholders. She previously served as a program evaluator for Rice County Public Health in Minnesota and the Health Research Centre in Canberra, Australia.

Ellen holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin/Madison and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Kansas/Lawrence.

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