Elisabeth Leaning

Associate Director, Programs

Ellie is committed to accelerating the local ownership of development outcomes through systems approaches. She has spent approximately ten years working in multiple fields within international development including housing/human settlements, wildlife conservation and rural livelihood development, water security and WASH, and food security.

Prior to joining the END Fund, Ellie spent over four years developing W12+ Programs from a start-up to a globally recognized consortium of international NGOs. In particular, she launched and led a localized partnership model that uses systems approaches to identify leverage points for WASH and water security interventions in South Sudan, Egypt, and South Africa. She also Ellie is deeply interested in and committed to locally-led partnership work and using Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) programs to share and apply lessons learned. She has extensive experience working in remote contexts supporting local implementation partners across a variety of technical areas.

Ellie holds a Master’s in Environmental Science with a specialization in Social Justice and Sustainability from Antioch University, New England and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with minors in Political Science, Psychology, and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Franklin University Switzerland. She lived, worked, and studied in Switzerland and South Africa and studied in Kenya and the USA. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellie returned home to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she now works remotely. Outside of work, Ellie enjoys cooking, horseback riding, traveling, and gardening.