Ellie Buteau, PhD, Vice President — Research, oversees the design, execution, and writing of CEP’s research and manages the organization’s research team. She is a leading authority on foundation strategy, foundation performance assessment, and foundation-grantee relationships and an expert in research design and statistical analysis. She has authored or co-authored numerous reports, articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts on issues related to foundation effectiveness – including Working Well With Grantees: A Guide for Foundation Program Staff and How Far Have We Come? Foundation CEOs on Progress and Impact. Ellie frequently speaks about CEP’s research at national and international conferences and was one of 12 nonprofit leaders selected nationally as a 2012 Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellow.
Before joining CEP in 2004, Ellie led the design and analysis of education and health-related research projects at Cornell University, Tufts University, and a variety of nonprofit organizations. She taught courses on statistics at Tufts University and published research in a number of journals. She received a PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from City University of New York Graduate Center and a BA in Psychology, awarded with Great Distinction, from McGill University in Montreal. Ellie is an avid consumer of pop culture, a fan of dance in particular, and has practiced yoga for many years.