Eloise D. Bahrmasel is the daughter of an immigrant and a second generation Jewish American, born into a boisterous family committed to keeping the culture of Judaism alive. Her earliest memories include lighting Shabbat candles with her grandmother and being the only kid at the adult table during Seder. Her childhood was also marked by the many stories shared about family members whose lives were tragically lost during the Holocaust, and the commitment to ensuring "never again."
She's taken the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam instilled in her by her family and translated that into her career as an an Engagement Strategist and Entrepreneur, using the principles of human centered design and systems thinking to solve problems and create impact driven solutions. Ellie has leveraged this skill set to advance collaborative initiatives in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors with partners domestically and abroad. Her portfolio includes work with The Kennedy Forum, Comcast NBC Universal, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Ellie is the cofounder of Further Faster Design Studio, a collaborative design studio that uses workshops, prototypes, and testing methods to solve big challenges. She also maintains and independent consulting practice where she works with clients to design strategies, narratives, and experiences for impact. Previously, Ellie co-founded New Founders, a PAC that organized over 300 emerging grassroots organizations to coordinate efforts with established organizations, like Planned Parenthood, the Democratic National Committee, and Center for American Progress. She facilitated the build and launch of the EveryElection app for New Founders, which connects contact information to election dates, allowing individuals to mobilize their personal networks to vote in local elections.
Ellie is a fierce advocate for women’s rights and a champion and civic engagement. She authored the Illinois Say No More letter and co-organized the eponymous community that led to sweeping legislative reform on sexual harassment in Illinois. Her work extends beyond Illinois’ borders. She recently joined the BMW Herbert Quandt Responsible Leaders Network, a global community of leaders striving to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. She’s also a Schusterman REALITY Global fellow, and a delegate to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Young Diplomats Seminar. She has previously held local elected office.