Elly Brown
Root Cause

Elly is a Project Consultant at Root Cause, advising social entrepreneurs and social investors on performance measurement systems, social impact strategy, and leadership development. She supports clients in advancing social innovation based on the view that no organization can achieve widespread social impact on its own. Elly is also a core staff and an advisory committee member for the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund – Boston.It is a two year fund created to support local NGOs and volunteer communities on the ground best positioned to aid those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.

Before her MBA at Duke University, Elly worked in Tokyo as a consultant at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting and an IT business analyst at Mizuho Securities and Western Asset Management. Elly aspires to become a social entrepreneur in her home country of Japan through engaging retirees and youth to support social enterprises in developing countries in Asia.

During her graduate program, Elly was a market research intern for BRAC Uganda and served as a board development consultant for a local nonprofit in North Carolina supporting victims of domestic violence.

Elly received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from University of California at Berkeley.

She can be contacted at and followed on Twitter at @ellejel.

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