Ellen Dorsey
Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund


Ellen Dorsey is Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation focused on progressive social change. She has held a range of academic, philanthropic and non-profit leadership positions in the human rights and environmental fields, including directing the Rachel Carson Institute, launching the Human Rights and Environment program at Amnesty International, and serving as a senior environment officer at the Heinz Endowments. Ellen has been active since its inception in the DivestInvest movement focused on divesting from fossil fuels and accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Dr. Dorsey was awarded the 2016 inaugural Nelson Mandela – Graca Machel Brave Philanthropy Award and is co-author, with Paul J. Nelson, of New Rights Advocacy: Changing Strategies of Development and Human Rights NGOs (Georgetown University Press, 2008). Dorsey holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Fulbright Research Fellow in South Africa during that country’s historic transformation.