Ellen Gilligan

President & CEO, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Ellen M. Gilligan has led the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as President and CEO since 2010. Serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, the Foundation is the region’s largest community foundation and was among the first in the world.

Before coming to Milwaukee, she spent 12 years at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, most recently as its vice president of community investment and president of the $30 million HealthPath Foundation.

Ellen is the chair-elect of CFLeads, a national network of community foundations leading change. She serves on the national board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Locally, she is on the Executive Committees of Milwaukee Succeeds and the MKE United downtown action agenda. She is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Ellen is also a member of the City of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement Advisory Council and is a past board member of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.