Ellen Ray
Executive Director

Ellen has played a central role in the leadership of Still Water Foundation for over two decades, overseeing all philanthropic endeavors and community partnerships. Ellen believes in the transformational power of high-impact philanthropy to shape positive outcomes in our communities. She finds it incredibly rewarding to spearhead Still Water’s efforts to strengthen organizations, grow networks, and ultimately, improve lives.

Prior to joining Still Water, Ellen was involved in the arts community in Houston, serving as the Executive Director of FotoFest, an international photography festival, and working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  A long-time trustee of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, she most recently served as Executive Chair of the Board.  She is also on the board of the Austin Community Foundation and is the founding President of MINDPOP, an organization dedicated to expanding creative learning in classrooms across Austin.  Ellen is proud to represent Still Water Foundation as a founding member and President of the Board at Texas Rural Funders, a coalition of philanthropic organizations working to bring attention and resources to rural Texas.

A native Austinite, Ellen …something here about life outside of SW

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