A master relationship-builder, Ellen Rossini brings over 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit leadership to serve as a Consultant for Mission Advancement Professionals where she coaches and guides nonprofit organizations to success in fund development and capital campaigns.
The top graduate of her class at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, Ellen began her career as a newspaper reporter and editor and as a free-lance writer before finding her heart in the nonprofit sector. During her 10-year tenure as the development director for the Catholic Pro-Life Community, the pro-life ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, Ellen nearly doubled the organization’s annual income to $1.4 million. In her subsequent roles as senior advancement officer and then director of major gifts for the University of Dallas, she raised millions from individual donors and initiated successful donor relations programs for alumni and for parents.
Ellen is a lifelong learner who in 2020 earned a Master of Leadership degree from the University of Dallas. She and her husband Carl have been married for 35 years and are blessed with four young adult children, two daughters-in-law, and a grandson. They are actively involved in their local church where they have taught catechism and assisted with retreat programs. Ellen serves on the board of Dawn of Mercy, a local nonprofit organization assisting victims of sexual abuse. She enjoys spending time with her large extended family and friends, reading, travel, health and nutrition, and the family dog, a Yorkie mix named Brinkley.