“The Fishermen’s Alliance promotes the “radical” notion that prosperous livelihoods and ecological sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Cape Cod is a particularly vulnerable environment and the Alliance works to ensure the relationship between people and planet is symbiotic. Working at the Alliance enables me to further delve into issues of local food promotion and environmental policy from these interdisciplinary perspectives – including how to finance them.”
Ellie joined the Fishermen’s Alliance in February 2017. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked in environmental education and sustainable agriculture in South Africa. As is typical in many small non-profits, she donned many hats and now brings a variety of experiences to the table at the Alliance.
Ellie grew up in a fishing and oyster farming family in Brewster, which instilled in her a deep respect for the waters, and those who fish and farm in them. She received her Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Franklin University Switzerland where she was able to travel extensively. Ellie is now working as a part-time Development Assistant while pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental Education and working her family’s oyster farm. Her primary duties include supporting the Philanthropic Officer and managing social media.
Ellie Leaning, Development Assistant