Before joining Komen, Ms. Willmott was at Save the Children as an assistant attorney 1996. She has been Associate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for Save the Children since 2004. Prior to working for Save the Children, she engaged in the private practice of law representing financial institutions in commercial transactions and litigation.
Her work for Save the Children focuses on US government regulatory affairs and compliance, intellectual property protection, international donors and alliances, data privacy and security, lobbying and advocacy and other general corporate matters. Ellen has represented Save the Children to Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury/Office of Foreign Asset Control, US Department of State and USAID in connection with US economic and trade regulations and anti-terrorism regulations. She has provided advice and counsel to InterAction in support of its legislative and administrative efforts on behalf of its members and acted as the chair of InterAction's Working Group on Office of Foreign Asset Control and the USAID Anti-terrorism Certification.
In addition to her work for Save the Children, Ms. Willmott is the Chair of the Membership Subcommittee of the national Non-Profit Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel. From 2004-2009, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Clothes Helping Kids, a charity working to benefit children in the Navajo Nation and in and around New Mexico.
She has been a regular speaker on compliance with US economic and trade regulations and anti-terrorism laws for InterAction and InsideNGO. She is an active member of the US NGO Counsel Forum, an informal group of attorneys including counsel to World Learning, CARE, World Vision, Mercy Corp and the International Rescue Committee.