Ellen has spent most of her legal career representing international automobile companies. Before joining the Global Automakers in 2005, she spent 15 years with Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). As its Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Ellen was charged with overseeing the legal and public affairs activities for Mitsubishi Motors’ operations in North America and served as a member of its board of directors. Prior to MMNA, Ellen was a litigator with several major law firms in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In 2000, Automotive News selected her as one of the "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry." Ellen received her B.A. in Government from Oberlin College and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University.