Paula Ellis, president of Paula Ellis and Associates, is a trustee of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and board member of Grassroots Grantmakers and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism (University of Maryland) board of visitors. She is a former Knight Foundation vice president for strategic initiatives, senior publishing executive and journalist, and has long been a leader in journalism innovation and community engagement. Paula worked at Knight Ridder Inc. for 26 years, rising through the ranks as an editor, publisher and vice president/operations of the Fortune 500 firm she helped sell in 2006. Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics at the University of Maryland, where she was editor of the nation’s best student daily. She graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in journalism and has been an adjunct faculty member at several universities.