Ellen R. Babby, Ph.D.

Ellen R. Babby, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow


Ellen Babby is a consultant with more than 30 years of experience in executive management in the non-profit arena with a focus on higher education. Her particular areas of expertise are in strategic planning, corporate and foundation relations, advancement, and organizational development. Babby moved to Phoenix in 2012 after serving for several years as Vice President, Advancement & Strategic Alliances, at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining ACE in May 1999, she served as senior director of Planning and Development at NAFSA: Association of International Educators and as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the National Foreign Language Center at The Johns Hopkins University. From 1982 to 1991, Babby served as the first Executive Director of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, an organization that promotes the study of Canada at colleges and universities in the United States. She built this start-up and led it for 10 years.

In addition to serving as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Future of Arizona, Babby also serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Council on Education in Washington, DC.

Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
I have a longstanding commitment to providing quality education to all students and ensuring broader access to and success in postsecondary education, which is a core focus of CFA and The Arizona We Want.

Why do you love Arizona?
As a relative newcomer to Arizona, I have become very engaged in my community and have developed a true appreciation for all that Arizona has to offer.

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