Ellis Woodward, Class of 1974

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Ellis Woodward, Class of 1974

Ellis Woodward is a 1974 graduate of University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He retired to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, after spending nearly two decades in national politics and government, including nearly 6 years with former President Jimmy Carter as a campaign aide and staff assistant at the White House. Following Carter's defeat in 1980, Ellis worked on Capitol Hill with the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance and for a member of congress who served on the Ways and Means Committee. He was also involved in several congressional campaigns. Ellis went on to pursue a brief, but successful career in international business. He currently serves on the boards of Equality Maine, a statewide gay rights organization; the AIDS Lodging House; the advisory committee of the Maine Community Foundation's Equity Fund, and he is a member of the United Way of Greater Portland's Diversity Cabinet. Additionally, he is a community volunteer with United Way, and he is a volunteer with the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland which provides food, shelter and counseling to the homeless and to the poor. He has enjoyed travel to Africa, where he taught elementary and secondary students in Ghana and Tanzania.