I'm motivated by trust, generosity, forgiveness, and non-judgment.

It's these qualities that will help us best work together for the solutions we need in our world today.

Really enjoying my morning coffee. Intermittent Fasting (18:6). 
Epsom salt baths as needed.
Being with my kids.
Appreciating my awesome husband.
Practicing mindfulness through various paths.

daily rituals

Homeschooling my kids, writing, podcasting, working on projects that advance good, advising on processes, diving into energy work, finding peace in small and big moments.


Gossip, bad-mouthing, ignoring your truth, having no boundaries, people pleasing.


Honesty, integrity, and walking the talk. I believe in doing your best until you know better, then when you know better, do better. (Thanks Dr. Maya Angelou)


We are always creating in the present -- right now -- and the future we are bringing toward us can arrive with consciousness or unconsciousness. When we raise our conscious presence in the actions we take in the present moment, we are more deliberate, intentional, and have greater impact. This creates better outcomes for all. 

I have an undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Texas - Austin, and a masters degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University. 

I'm good at leading teams and projects. I'm a skilled facilitator, action-taker, and when my heart (my why) has been aligned with my mind (the how), I've been able to do some really good work with really great people. (Ask me about the mind/body program I developed for high school students, the Portland Mercado Latinx business incubator, the partnership development for Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, or the Racial Equity Action Plan for Metro Parks and Nature.) You can also review my selected consulting work here.

When you work with me, I don't have or own your answers, I hold the space for you to receive, learn, and observe your, or your organization's, own inner states, and help bring awareness to what's hiding in the corners being ignored to contemplate with curiosity and find the adjacent learning.

I don't believe in shame, blame, punishment, regret, or hard-feelings. I do believe in boundaries, accountability, owning and managing what's yours, and letting go of what's not yours to have or control. I believe that progress moves at the pace of trust and relationships, not just goals and deadlines. I think these apply from the personal level through to the systems we live and work within, and it's always about working on ourselves to be a part of the solution we seek. To learn to see what we've missed, or to try out new perspectives for how we could move forward.

With that I believe in grace, generosity, forgiveness, and above all, love.

About Me:

My Favorite Things

Getting outside with our kids and adventuring, Me belaying my son, his first outdoor climbing experience.

This dog. Very good at fetch. Never bolts (for real). The sweetest.

A good camp set up with friends. Disclaimer, this pic is from a trip my husband took with the kids and our friends, I was out of town. I had serious FOMO.

My Favorite Things (& People)

My hubbie Mike! He's essential in my life, and at work (shout out to all the nurses!)

Art projects (and science projects, and nature exploration) with the kids. My daughter here, painting.

Bibimbap! My Mom is from S. Korea. Korean food is my comfort food.

11 Books

Books say a lot about someone. Here's a cursory list of books I've read that have helped me reflect, learn, or be informed in ways that were intellectual, emotional, or spiritual, sometimes all at once.

killers of the flower moon 

highway of tears

the sentence

Parable of the Sower &
Parable of the Talents

annals of the former world

A New Earth

reality is not what it seems

family properties

the joy luck club

- John McPhee

- Amy Tan

- Beryl Satter

- Jessica McDiarmid

- David Grann

- Eckhart Tolle

- Octavia E. Butler

- Carlo Rovelli

-Louise Erdrich

"Ellen is an extraordinary coach. She leads you straight out of your illusion. She sees what is blocking your success and progress. She helped me to understand the old patterns and let it go. Her positivity is contagious, your energy level will shift immediately." - Katerina, Austria


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