Ellen Brook, 53, San Mateo, California via Shaker Heights
I grew up in Shaker Heights. I left to study political science at Duke. Then I found my way to the Monterey Institute of International Studies where I got my Master’s degree in International Public Administration and Public Policy. My goal was to work in a non-governmental capacity in development with women, empowering them and helping people live more fulfilling lives. I worked for non-profit in Washington D.C then ended up working in Silicon Valley for an investor relations firm for ten years. I never really felt like I was in my own skin until I discovered art. I’ve been working as an artist for about ten years.