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Ellen Shemitz, J.D.

Executive Director

Ellen Shemitz, J.D.

Ellen Shemitz is Executive Director of Connecticut Voices for Children.  Attorney Shemitz is a nationally recognized advocate with over 25 years of public and private sector experience advancing social and civil justice through policy development, advocacy, litigation, media campaigns and public engagement.

Prior to joining Connecticut Voices for Children, Attorney Shemitz litigated education and civil rights cases as counsel for children with disabilities.  In 1998, she left private practice to serve as President of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, a state based child advocacy organization, known for its research and analysis on issues including child health and development, public education, child protection, and family economic opportunity.  While leading the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, she earned the Outstanding Advocate Award from the National Association of School Psychologists in 2003; served as the National Chair of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Steering Committee in 2006-2007; and founded the New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network, a collaborative association of more than 200 child-serving organizations.  From 2008 through 2012, Attorney Shemitz led the New Hampshire Association for Justice, a professional association working to promote civil justice and constitutional rights.

Attorney Shemitz received her undergraduate degree from Yale University (1983) and her law degree from the Yale Law School (1987).