Thursday, November 30, 2006
Janice S. Ellis, Ph.D., was president and CEO of the Partnership for Children, a bi-state, five-county metropolitan area organization from 2000 until October 2006. The mission of the organization is to focus Greater Kansas City's energy on enhancing life for metro area children and youth through advocacy, research, and mobilization. Its vision is that children and youth will be regarded as our most valued asset as evidenced by public policy and practice. Janice has had many accomplishments during her leadership of Partnership for Children.
Before coming to the Partnership for Children in July 2000, Janice managed her own full service marketing firm, Ellis Management Marketing Group, Inc., for ten years. The company specialized in public communications, marketing, and strategic planning for clients nationwide. Prior to starting her own marketing firm, Janice was director of marketing and development for Marion Laboratories, subsequently Marion Merrell Dow. During her tenure there, the company moved from #22 to #1 in a national ranking of U.S. pharmaceutical firms meeting the needs of a changing marketplace.
Janice also has nine years of experience in municipal government, eight of those years working with the Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she provided leadership in developing a budgeting system that gained national and international recognition and was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.
Janice has a long history of civic and community involvement. She has served on the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA), Kansas City, MO for over two years; the Kansas City Commission on Violent Crime; Achievement First/PREP-KC (Urban School Reform Initiative) since its inception; and the Association of United Way Agencies. She has served on other boards, including Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus; Missouri K-16 Task Force to Close the Achievement Gap; Mayor's Collaborative on Education Improvement; Missouri Board of Accountancy; Kansas City Affiliate Susan G. Komen Foundation; Friends of the Zoo. In 1985, she founded REACH FOR THE STARS, a nationally recognized teen pregnancy prevention program. In 1999, Janice was a Kansas City mayoral candidate, garnering over 22% of the vote and finishing third in a field of seven candidates with the top 2 candidates getting 23% and 29% of the vote. That was Janice's first run for public office.