Barbara Ellis


Barbara joined the Ron Brown team in 2023 as a College Access Advisor. An advocate of student and community-led education, she homeschooled her sons, who are now students at Harvard. She’s taught private school students on Philadelphia’s Main Line, facilitated AP and economics courses with homeschoolers, and directed a workforce development initiative empowering teens in leadership and civic engagement in West Philadelphia’s Promise Zone. She most recently served as the director of a pre-law fellowship, coaching underserved applicants through the law school admissions process.

Barbara enjoys helping young people find resources that help them thrive. As a personal passion project, she researched and posted free academic, extracurricular, and summer opportunities across social media for years, gaining thousands of followers. She is currently a community journalism fellow at PhillyCAM, where her radio and television work center the voices and stories of Philadelphia teens. 

Barbara holds an MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a master’s in Writing Studies from Saint Joseph’s University. 

An animal lover, she lives with her husband, three dogs, and cat in a 160-year-old farmhouse near Philadelphia.