About Ellen Hamilton Fenter, Chief Operating Officer
Co-Founder, The Domestic Agenda
Ellen has had a career path of multiplicity...meaning that while the organization has changed, the purpose has remained the same: serving others.
Her young adult years were spent in the field of property management. At the ripe age of twenty-three and with an infant daughter she married a man with three children. Her life was suddenly richer and busier than imaginable. She was consumed with child-raising but still longed for my own area of accomplishment. It was at this time that Ellen started a non-profit organization whose goal was to enrich the lives of children, teens, and families in the community. The organization grew to include numerous programs including an alternative education program, teen court, summer and after-school programming, and a consulting wing that served many state and national agencies and organizations.
After Ellen's children were older and had started their own families, she felt drawn to enter ministry. She became a United Methodist minister and completed her education for that purpose at the Divinity School at Duke University. Since then she has pastured three churches and the religious services for a rescue mission for the homeless.
Ellen believes that Family should always come first. "Many moons ago I set that guideline for my first organization and have learned that it was great wisdom. I expect my staff to work hard at the appropriate times and take time off to refuel. This is the well from when creativity and inspiration is drawn!
I am so happy to be a part of this amazing organization!"