In addition to our staff of two, Ellis Planning Associates Inc. has several other partners who frequently collaborate with us. They bring a diverse skill set to the organization, as detailed below.

IMG_0166-2 croppedJessica Lime is the Training and Policy Specialist for Ellis Planning Associates. She brings successful strategies and innovative ideas from her 10+ years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating interventions in the education and health sectors. Prior to this position, she served as a Program Manager for the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program, a Policy Consultant for the California School Boards Association, and a Health Educator for California Project LEAN. She has extensive experience facilitating classes, workshops and trainings at local, state and national venues; conducting needs assessments, program evaluation and research reports; developing targeted communications through online and print media; and building strong collaborative partnerships. Jessica is passionate about inspiring awareness and actions to improve social and environmental conditions in the world around us, through capacity building and youth development. She holds an MA in Education from Chapman University.

paleo_lynLyn Paleo, DrPH is an Evaluation Specialist for Ellis Planning Associates. She has over 30 years of experience in program evaluation, program design and implementation, and non-profit fiscal administration.  She has worked in the areas of early childhood, nutrition and health, HIV/AIDS, homeless, domestic violence, substance abuse, youth services, literacy, disaster preparedness, and occupational health. For ten years she taught the graduate-level course on evaluation at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley.  Her evaluation practice focuses on teaching/training, evaluation for community organizations, research on evaluation, and the use of non-standard evaluation instruments, such as adhesive formats and interactive methodologies.  Lyn Paleo received her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded one of the highly coveted Littauer Fellowship awards for academic excellence and community service. She received her Doctorate of Public Health degree at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. Her dissertation is titled “Conventional and Participatory Evaluation: A Comparison in Theory and Practice.”

Lev El-Askari is currently studying psychology at Willamette University. He is an intern at Oregon Health and Sciences University working in an occupational psychology lab. Lev periodically performs data entry and analysis for Ellis Planning Associates.

Adele headshot_webAdele James is experienced as a funder, organizational development consultant, leadership development program staff and faculty member, and a career and life transition coach. She has a unique set of skills and an understanding of what it takes to be a productive and responsive leader, team and organization, with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. Adele works with statewide, regional and local groups in conducting program planning and management, organizational capacity and infrastructure development, meeting facilitation and training, strategic planning, staff development and team building. She brings a broad perspective to diversity issues, and is passionate about working to help individuals and organizations step into their fullest potential as impactful leaders on issues important to their communities. Adele holds an MA from Stanford University in International Development Education.

Adele James Consulting

Diane-Reed-LinkedIn_by-Irene-YoungDiane Reed has 30 years’ experience as a consultant providing research and writing, policy analysis, planning, evaluation assistance, and grant writing services to public and private agencies and community-based organizations in California. Her projects cover child welfare, domestic violence, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol and other drug problems, perinatal health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, criminal justice, and community-based service collaboration. She has conducted needs assessments and health/social services status reports for over 25 agencies and organizations, and written nearly 30 case studies describing the tobacco policy/advocacy work of cities and community-based organizations. She is principal author of a major case study analyzing the challenges confronting underfunded social agencies serving low income communities; and of four primers that provide information about the state child welfare system, CalWORKs, and nutrition issues to local and state leaders, service providers, educators, students, and other stakeholders. She holds an MPH in Policy and Planning from UC Berkeley.