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Ellen M. Iseman '76

Ellen M. Iseman '76 is an honors graduate of Yale College and recipient of Yale's Bildner Prize in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature. She subsequently received a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in public administration, with a focus on international economic policy. She speaks French and Spanish; has studied Portuguese and Japanese; and worked in more than 15 countries as a vice president for corporate affairs and communications at American Express Company and as president of Issues Management International, a New York-based communications consulting firm she founded. The firm performs speech writing assignments, prepares public policy papers and undertakes other editorial and research assignments in the public policy realm for corporations, government agencies, and non-profits. She has written more than 30 articles for publication, including 2 pieces this past year for The New York Times, as well as op-eds for the The Wall Street Journal, and is currently working on a number of her own projects relating to foreign policy issues.

Ellen serves on the boards of The New York Society Library, The Yale Club of New York City, CEC International Partners, Signature Theatre Company, and has been active for decades in the Democratic Party, having attended five Conventions in official capacities. Upon graduation from Yale, Ellen worked on the National Security Council Transition staff and in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She is the recent recipient of a local award for public service and is working to gather support in the U.S. for a church-run orphanage in Southeast Asia that is launching a children's library.

Ellen is a widow raising an 11 year-old son. Her late husband was a graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.