Ellen Coppley, formerly Executive Director at The Ellington Fund; Washington, D.C., has over thirty years of fundraising, administration, event planning, outreach and communications experience in the non-profit world. Her senior development and communication experience ranges from WETA, D.C. (public television and radio), to the Eurasia Foundation (international development in the former Soviet Union), to Kidsave International (adoption facilitation of older overseas orphans), to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She has produced iconic stars such as Patti LaBelle; Denyce Graves, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, and Earth, Wind and Fire in the concert hall at the Kennedy Center, and has raised millions of dollars domestically and internationally. She has lived and travelled overseas in Italy, in the Philippines, and the Former Soviet Union.
She is delighted to be part of the ICS Board, given her love of Italy and five years of advanced language classes at the ICS. She believes her experience will be helpful to the development of ICS, as the leading Italian cultural organization in the area. She travels with her husband to Italy every year to soak up the beauty and culture that belongs to la bella Italia!