Ellen Muench

Director of Program Innovation

Ellen Muench is the Director of Program Innovation for Future Founders. In this role, she oversees the portfolio of youth entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students. She also leads program evaluation for the organization.

Prior to Future Founders, Ellen worked with Embarc Chicago and Youth & Opportunity United, where she helped develop, implement and evaluate experiential learning programs for 1,000+ students across Chicago and Evanston.

Ellen is an experienced youth development professional, who has spent seven years providing high-impact experiential learning opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students. Her approach combines a commitment to data-driven and research-supported work with a passion for creating innovative, impactful, and relevant youth programming.

Ellen has a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin. The driving force in her work is the pursuit of equity in the educational landscape. She believes all students, regardless of income, race, or background, deserve access to the resources, support, and opportunities that can lead to meaningful and fulfilling future pathways.