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Ellie Rossiter

Ellie Rossiter

Ellie Rossiter

Initiative Officer and Partnership Director, HOPE SF
Why do you do what you do? 

I am a fifth-generation San Franciscan. My great-great-great-great grandmother came to the U.S. from Bavaria alone in the mid-1800s. On her own, she crossed the country in a covered wagon through uncharted territory to California. She settled in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood, which was primarily a Jewish community in those days. My grandfather, who graduated from Lowell high school, used to tell stories of the sand dunes that spanned the Sunset neighborhoods and the fishing boats at Hunters Point. My roots are in this city, and my work has always focused deeply here. I’m proud of the legacy of San Francisco, and I want it to remain what it has been for so many people over so many generations — home to Native Americans, immigrants, innovators and pioneers — a place for all to call home.

What drew you to the foundation?

I came to the foundation and to HOPE SF because I believe that everyone needs to be at the table to achieve real change.

How would you describe your role?

I am the director of the Partnership for HOPE SF, which is the civic leadership arm of HOPE SF. We bring together experts and leaders to maximize the best thinking in the field to invest, financially, but also to bring their influence and expertise to ensure that HOPE SF delivers on its promise to public housing residents who have been left out of opportunity for far too long. I raise money from other foundations, corporations and individuals who understand the significance of HOPE SF. Together, we are helping residents remain in their neighborhoods. We are working with the city, which is investing in all communities, and we are providing a model to the nation, which can learn from HOPE SF’s bold vision.

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