Director of Development
102 Design Building
College of Art & Design
As Director of Development for the LSU College of Art & Design, Ellen Mathis secures philanthropic financial support for key initiatives at the college and interacts with the various stakeholder groups on strategic and long-term development plans.
Ellen began working in philanthropy with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, where she helped donors realize their philanthropic goals and saw the impact that committed individuals can have on their community. Previously, Ellen served as the Director of Development for the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, where she worked with donors and volunteers to implement elements of a master plan for the gardens.
Ellen grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. She volunteers her time with Art Melt for Forum 35, the young professionals’ civic group in Baton Rouge. Ellen enjoys a good book, getting outside, and spending time with her husband Tim and new daughter Laura.