Ellena Pennybacker

External Communications Officer

Ellena (Ellie) Pennybacker is the External Communications Officer for the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College. Ellie is a senior Anthropology major who intends to pursue a graduate degree in Public Administration and return to Charlotte after school. She has a specific interest in community engagement and change through nonprofit and NGO work and hopes to turn that passion into a future career. This makes her the perfect candidate as the liaison between Davidson College and C2i. Ellie works on tracking C2i media mentions and gathering data for the C2i communications team while serving as a general media relations specialist. One of her favorite interviews was on 740 KTRH Austin’s morning show following a story on UT Austin’s “triggers to closure” plan. Outside of live interviews and academic endeavors, Ellie volunteers with many organizations including Charlotte Refugee Support, Habitat for Humanity of Huntersville, and served as a student ambassador for Social Venture Partners’ Seed 20 pitch competition. While helping many non-profits, she additionally manages the budget process for over 60 student organizations as the Activity Tax Council chair at Davidson College.