Ellen Hur

Special Advisor, What Works Cities


Ellen Hur is a Special Advisor for the What Works Cities initiative. Previously, Ellen was a Vice President at TNTP, a national non-profit that aims to ensure great teaching and learning in schools and classrooms across the country. In that capacity, she led TNTP’s policy work around teacher workforce preparation and innovation, developed and launched TNTP’s Bridge Fellowship program, and managed a portfolio of client work with a number of urban school districts and state education agencies. Ellen has also served as the Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Public Education Department, where she oversaw the agency’s strategic priorities, managed the Secretary’s Cabinet and the communications and public information offices, and led the state-wide rollout of key programs and policies. She started her career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado.

Ellen earned her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University School of Education. She is based in New York City.