Advisory Council

Ellen Widess

Ellen Widess

Ellen Widess ‘74 is the Senior Program Officer at the Rosenberg Foundation, which seeks fundamental, structural reform in public policy related to low-income families and immigrants in California. She has taught Environmental Law and Policy, Occupational Health Law and Toxic Torts at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Texas Law School. She was Chief of CalOSHA’s Pesticide Program and Director of the Pesticide Program for the Texas Department of Agriculture. She has also been a Director of Health Policy for Children's Advocacy Institute and Executive Director of Lead Safe California. In addition to her work with the Center Ms. Widess serves in an advisory capacity for the Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. She is also a member the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Rural Farmers Working Group and of the Northern California Grantmakers’ Association Public Policy Group. She is a frequent speaker and author on immigration and public health issues. She has a J.D. from Boalt School of Law and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.