Ellen Roberds, Senior City Action Strategist, Memphis, TN


Ellen is a native Memphian who spent 15 years working in downtown Memphis as a minister and community organizer. Since 2014 she has been working with a local organization Livable Memphis as well as ioby to help Memphians bring their ideas to life. 

As ioby's Senior City Action Strategist, Ellen works with local leaders shaping and re-shaping their neighborhoods one project at a time while also supporting ioby’s expansion in Detroit and Cleveland. Ellen loves her job because she gets to spend her days being part of the good happening in her town. She also loves it because her 3 children are proud of the work she does and are learning how to be active, engaged citizens in their own right.

ellen [at] ioby [dot] org


Articles featuring Ellen: 

High Ground: Memphis a model for on-the-ground funding, ioby says

The Commercial Appeal: Talk Memphis

Memphis News Channel 3

The Edge of Memphis

The Daily News: Small neighborhood improvements can add up big