Elinor (Ellie) Miller Greenberg describes her work as “creating access to opportunity,” especially for women and minorities. Over the past 60 years in Colorado, Ellie has developed innovative programs in speech pathology, higher education, and her community.
As a speech pathologist, she focused on severely brain-injured children and adults in schools and clinics in Denver, Colorado. As the Colorado founding director and national coordinator of the University Without Walls, she developed individualized baccalaureate programs for adults. As the founding director of Pathways to the Future, she assisted the US WEST 14-state workforce of 40,000 non-management employees return to college and initiate new careers. As the regional coordinator of the 16-partner Mountain and Plains Partnership in Colorado and Wyoming, she led the development of the first regional Masters program for rural nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants. She has raised more than $20 million to support these programs.
In the community, she co-founded the Littleton Council for Human Relations, which brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Littleton, Colorado, in 1964, and worked on fair housing legislation. She co-led the development of the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition and the Colorado Women’s Economic Development Council in the 1980s. She co-founded the national model public education program, Our Courts Colorado, in 2007. She founded the Colorado Feminist Luncheon in 2008; and has served as President of the Women’s Forum of Colorado and a board member of the International Women’s Forum. She was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010 and serves on its Legacy Committee.