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HR Director

Ellysa Smith serves as the HR Director. In this role she works with organizations as a Curator Engagement Lightkeeper of Exquisite Beings to develop workforce engagement culture. Prior to joining CSBDF, Ellysa has progressively grown in her Human Resources career landing roles with well-known nonprofits including Phoenix House, QSAC, The New York Academy of Sciences, and Teach for All. She also dabbled in other industries including hospitality and education. In her career, Ellysa balances her secular work with her servant volunteer leadership engaging as a DEI expert with her local Raleigh Metro SHRM chapter and as a NextGen Leader Junior Board member at Lime Connect. Ellysa holds a Bachelor of Science in General Science with a Philosophy minor and an Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University. She also holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development with Honors Distinction from New York University SPS. Ellysa knows that the core of organizational change requires a Human Resources strategic partner that acts as a change agent. Human Resources leaders are integral to engaging with people meaningfully and intentionally to drive success.


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