Ellen Jacobs

Associate, Programs

As an associate at Omidyar Network, Ellen conducts research and analysis to inform the programmatic portfolio, and actively engages across our investment and stakeholder network to reimagine critical systems and the ideas that govern them.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ellen worked as a project assistant at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, where she researched the role that international, federal, and local law can play in protecting human rights and investigating violations. Previously, she worked with Médecins Sans Frontières to identify gaps in the humanitarian response to migrants leaving Central America and to advocate for increased protections. She has also worked with Physicians for Human Rights to research US immigration policy, specifically advocating for ending family separation and detainment of child migrants. Earlier in her career, Ellen was a fellow with both the International Innovation Corps in India and the Illinois Governor’s Office. 
Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Human Rights from the University of Chicago. She received her M.I.A. in Human Rights and humanitarian Policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.