Longtime champion of educational equity aims to expand nonprofit’s national network

COSTA MESA, Calif., January 10, 2019 — Ingrid Ellerbe has been named the Executive Director of Base 11, a nonprofit that accelerates students from diverse backgrounds by equipping them with the STEM skills critical to tomorrow’s workforce. Ellerbe served as Senior Vice President of Programs & Partnerships for the organization since 2016.

“Under Ingrid’s leadership, Base 11 has successfully grown its corporate and foundation partnerships,” said Landon Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Base 11. “Over the next two years, she will lead our expansion into our next three target markets, creating new Regional STEM Ecosystems that further bolster our national network.”

During Ellerbe’s tenure, she has overseen significant growth in the number of students impacted by Base 11’s programs, from about 300 students in 2016 to more than 3,000 in 2018.  She also leads a range of national program development engagements including developing an artificial intelligence curriculum funded by the Deloitte Foundation to managing the Verizon Innovative Schools–Minority Male Program, which expanded from 16 to 24 universities, serving nearly 1,500 African American and Latino middle school boys.

Ellerbe also ran a number of high profile engagements for corporate and foundation partners including the adaptation of the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy into a high school and community college curriculum and the extension of Base 11’s Summer Fellowships and Academic-year Internships thanks to grant funding from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Additionally, she led the development and installation of three Base 11 Innovation Centers (in Irvine, Calif., Compton, Calif., and Phoenix) as well as collaboration with Moreno Valley College on the design and build of their iMake Mobile Innovation Center.

“Base 11’s work empowers students to realize their full potential in a world fueled by the rapid evolution of technology and the evidence of the need to not only maintain fluency in academic skills, but the ability to adapt to the New Frontier economy,” said Ellerbe.  “Rather than relying on the way things have always been done, we actively and purposefully work to bring innovative solutions to the best and brightest students that are often overlooked.”

Ellerbe is a longtime education advocate and a board member of the NAACP Foundation and serves as an advisory board member for OC Excellent Public Schools Initiative. She has extensive experience in both K-12 and higher education industry, including past executive positions at MIND Research Institute, Carnegie Learning, Edison Schools/Newton Learning, ProQuest Company’s education unit, XanEdu, Boxer Learning, Hewlett-Packard, SkillsBank Corporation, Commodore, Davidson & Associates, and Broderbund.

About Base 11

Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce development accelerator focused on solving the STEM talent pipeline crisis being fueled by the underrepresentation of women and minorities. Base 11 facilitates partnerships with industry, academia and philanthropy which deliver to employers a pre-recruitment pipeline of well-trained, highly skilled STEM talent.  By establishing Innovation Centers integrated with hands-on project based learning and STEM entrepreneurship training, Base 11 and its partners set students on direct pathways to four-year STEM degrees, well paid STEM jobs, and the opportunity to launch their own STEM related business. For more information, please visit www.Base11.com. Base 11 is a DBA of the Center for Innovations in Education, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 – IRS exemption EIN# 26-4365936.