The opportunity to play with rubber balls, to engage donors to create transformational moments for children and schools in Georgia, and to work for an organization with a proven track record were a few of the compelling reasons Ellen McCarty joined Playworks Georgia as executive director.
Ellen has over 20 years in nonprofit executive leadership roles, including executive director of The Center for Children and Young Adults in Cobb County; executive director of Jerusalem House in Atlanta; President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Georgia and Alabama; and vice-president and interim CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia, all of which have provided a rich framework and a myriad of experiences. She serves as an instructor for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits/Nonprofit University, Foundation Center – Atlanta and has consulted with nonprofits on topics ranging from best practice boards, fundraising, program development, and other related topics.
She is passionate about the work of the nonprofit sector and believes that Peter Drucker’s quote “nonprofits’ purpose is to change lives” should be the rallying call for all nonprofit organizations.
In her spare time, Ellen enjoys exercising, concerts, chasing her golden retriever, hanging out with friends and travel. She also enjoys her role as the mother of a young adult and watching her son evolve and find his place in the world. If she could learn to beat him at four square, she would be completely content and fulfilled.
Four words that describe Ellen: creative, strategic, passionate, and resolute