Dean's Advisory Council member: Ellen Feldman


Ellen Feldman

President, Board of Trustees
Achieve Foundation

Ellen Feldman is a retired global IBM vice president with 38 years of business and technology experience in consulting, strategic planning and leadership of professional services organizations. She has led major initiatives to improve organizational effectiveness within IBM and for Fortune 500 companies. Feldman exhibits strong skills in project management, business development, effective operational execution, problem solving, human resources and team building.

While at IBM, Feldman served as vice president of business development for energy and utilities, servicing media, entertainment and telecommunications clients across the globe. In this role, she coached deal teams in professional services and multi-million dollar pursuits and defined new revenue producing programs, leveraging multiple brands across the company, one of which achieved over $500 million in new revenue for IBM in a given year. During her tenure at IBM, Feldman also served as vice president for corporate strategies, vice president for business consulting, and as a certified IBM consultant and managing principal across the northeast, U.S. and the globe for technology consulting.

Currently, Feldman provides her years of experiences as a certified SCORE mentor focusing specifically on strategic planning and operational effectiveness for non-profit organizations. She is the president and member of the ACHIEVE board of directors (Broome-Chenango-Tioga Chapter of the ARC of NY) and the Achieve Foundation. She is also the president and member of the Animal Care Sanctuary board of directors. The sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out hundreds of companion animals every year.
Feldman was the founding member and six-year board chair of a not-for-profit start-up in New York focused on the intellectually and developmentally disabled. In this role she formulated growth strategies, associated business plans, operations execution plans, board governance, human resource management, etc.

Feldman served as vice chair for the board of directors for Broome-Tioga County ARC (DBA ACHIEVE). Within this capacity she served on numerous committees addressing capital campaigns, residential services, bylaws, the Nominating Committee and the chapter's Executive Committee.

For seven years, Feldman was a member of the Handicapped Children's Association of Broome County, which is Broome County's local chapter of Cerebral Palsy Affiliates. She contributed to the establishment of several new policies, spearheading changes in human resources and compliance, and provided fiscal oversight.

In addition to her board membership in the community, Feldman has volunteered for local campaigns for the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, America Cancer Society, Autism Awareness and the March of Dimes.

On a personal note, she and her husband, Marc, have been married for 42 years. Both are originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., however, they consider the Southern Tier their home, having moved here 40 years ago. They have a 36-year-old, developmentally and intellectually disabled son, Matthew. The Feldmans are passionate about animal rescue and actively volunteer to save and socialize dogs in New York, Arizona and St. Maarten.