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Jenna Ellis

Jenna Ellis is a member of Board of Directors of NCLD and serves on the Development and Innovation Committees. She is a philanthropist, community volunteer and a mother to six children ages 7 through 22.

Jenna currently also serves on the board of Charles Armstrong School. She was instrumental in the founding of the Parents Education Network (PEN) – Silicon Valley in 2012. Most recently, Jenna served as the board chair of PEN – National, Children’s Center Preschool and Palo Alto Preparatory School.

Previously she worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young, LLP serving clients in the financial services industry. She retired in 2003 to spend more time with her growing family.

Jenna received a baccalaureate degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Mississippi.

Why are you an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities?

“I am a steadfast advocate for individuals with learning disabilities because I believe the educational landscape needs to be transformed into a place where learning diversity is celebrated and appreciated.”

From the policy blog

Complicating My LD Narrative

Written by Julia Nessman, NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council Member | 22 hours ago

Then I was diagnosed with an LD (learning disability) at 10 years old. Through my mom’s persistence in getting me a neuropsychological evaluation, I found out that I was struggling in school because I had serious deficits in executive functioning, working memory, and auditory processing. On the other hand, I also discovered that I had a number of strengths, including advanced verbal skills and a near perfect visual memory.

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