Ellen Chen is interested in social behavior as influenced by environments and motivated by place-based connections. Her journey has led her to China, India, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia to witness how different social groups and individuals create opportunity and perceive livability and mobility in a rapidly urbanizing world. Throughout this process, she has been committed to cultural development through preparing communities to navigate an increasingly complex environment through the union of urban planning, cross-cultural literacy, and economic development. Ellen earned her Bachelor's from UC Berkeley, and Master's from MIT and Harvard.
In God’s kingdom, as with all great gardeners, pruning is caring. Without pruning, my life will become something even I don’t want — an overgrown, prickly bush with no fruit to offer. In this challenging season, I’ve felt pruned and exposed of my misplaced hopes, and I am continuously reminded of a self-important agenda flowing in the undercurrents of my heart, rather than being drawn to relinquishing my own ways in surrender.