Margo EllisFounder & CEO, Ella Solutions; United States Marine Corps of Engineers Veteran
Margo began her career in the U.S. Marine Corps of Engineers in 1999. Her service included a tour as a Female Engagement Team (FET) leader in Fallujah, Iraq and training the first Iraqi women security professionals. In June 2008, Margo became a veteran advocate, working as the DC Regional Director for Student Veterans of America (SVA), then as a Senate Liaison for The Department of Veterans Affairs, where she helped negotiate passage of 8 bills and an 11% increase in VA’s budget to over $125 billion. In 2012, Margo moved to the Private Sector as a Vice President in the Private Bank at J.P. Morgan where she helped lead an 17% growth in revenue and 15% reduction in operating expenses for a $165 billion line of business.In 2015, Margo began her entrepreneurial career, founding EELA Consulting serving startups like Honor and hyper-growth phase companies like Monat. Her firm focuses on scale strategy, cyber security and political organizing.