Introducing Our New Director of Programs and Strategy


FASPE Welcomes Ellen Gilley
as Its New Director of Programs and Strategy

FASPE is pleased to announce that Ellen Gilley is joining its staff in the position of Director of Programs and Strategy. Gilley will lead FASPE’s five fellowship programs, as well as FASPE’s other programming and she will be steering FASPE’s alumni outreach. Her initial focus will be on intensifying FASPE’s applicant recruiting activities for the fellowship programs and in expanding FASPE’s engagement with its alumni Fellows.

Gilley brings to the position her background as a practicing attorney in international law as well as her experience as a FASPE Law Fellow.

“We are very pleased to have Elle join the FASPE team,” said David Goldman, founder and chair of FASPE, “What could be more gratifying than having a FASPE Fellow become part of our leadership. Elle will lead all of our programs and will direct our expanded activities that integrate our over 500 alumni Fellows into FASPE’s long term strategy. Her knowledge of and commitment to FASPE makes her perfectly positioned to lead this effort.”

Prior to joining FASPE, Gilley served as a legal advisor to Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and practiced law as an associate at the Boston offices of Ropes & Gray LLP. She received a JD and an LLM degree in international and comparative law from Duke University and was a 2011 FASPE Law Fellow.

“The fellowship program has been foundational to my approach to law and legal practice,” said Gilley, “What makes FASPE exceptional is its ability to recalibrate and redefine a fellow’s understanding of professional responsibility, ethics and ethical leadership all within its two-week program. We leave the fellowship with a deeper understanding of our responsibilities as professionals and with a sense of urgency to protect and uphold ethical standards.”

A native of Canada, Gilley grew up in Vancouver and received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from McGill University in Montreal, where she focused her studies on the German resistance to Hitler. It was this focus that, in part, drew her to the FASPE Law fellowship.

“It is an exciting time to be joining FASPE,” added Gilley, “The organization is approaching its tenth anniversary and our alumni include accomplished physicians, active clergy, recognized journalists, authors, scholars and professors and top-tier lawyers and business professionals in diverse industries. I look forward to strengthening and further developing our alumni network so our Fellows can benefit from the inherent value of the alumni community and so that FASPE can continue to be a resource for them. I’m also thrilled to be working alongside Thorsten, David, the rest of the FASPE staff and its faculty.”

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FASPE runs innovative fellowship programs that challenge graduate students and early-career professionals in business, journalism, law, medicine and religion to confront their ethical responsibilities by analyzing the decisions and actions of Nazi-era professionals. Currently entering its tenth year of operations, FASPE’s Business, Journalism, Law, Medical and Seminary programs are comprised of intensive two-week study trips to Germany and Poland, where Fellows explore contemporary ethical issues in their respective fields by first studying their professional counterparts in Europe during the period of 1933-1945. FASPE selects approximately 65 Fellows each year for its five programs through a competitive application process.