Our Team: Ellen LaPointe
Curator & Connector, Partnerships & Impact
Ellen LaPointe is responsible for developing strategic private and public sector partnerships to increase HopeLab’s institutional resources, leverage the impact of HopeLab’s innovative solutions, and raise awareness of HopeLab’s work among thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. In her role, she has cultivated successful partnerships with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, CIGNA HealthCare, and Vivendi, among others. These partnerships have been key drivers of the success of Re-Mission , Zamzee, and other HopeLab initiatives.
Ellen assumed the role of Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in May 2007, following her tenure as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at HopeLab. In her previous role, Ellen oversaw the public launch of HopeLab’s first product, the Re-Mission video game for teens and young adults with cancer, and early development of Zamzee.
Ellen has extensive experience in organizational leadership, strategy development and implementation, partnership cultivation, fund development, communications, financial management, and program oversight. Before joining HopeLab, Ellen served as Executive Director of Project Inform, a national non-profit AIDS treatment information and advocacy organization. Prior to that, she was an attorney at a large law firm in San Francisco and Director of Clinical Research at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, also in San Francisco.
Ellen received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Community Health from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law.
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