Ellie Hayes joined the Missouri Cures team in January 2018 and has been working to cultivate an engaged and committed statewide group of key volunteers to advance the mission to promote and protect medical research. Ellie also helps supporters connect with Missouri Cures through digital platforms, email, and social channels, using every opportunity to broadcast the incredible medical discoveries happening at Missouri research institutions and provide readers with the most up-to-date information about emerging research technologies.
Ellie’s background is as a community organizer, grassroots campaigner, and a relentless advocate for social change. She connects with people who care about an issue and helps them employ their voices to further the mission.
Before joining Missouri Cures, Ellie worked on numerous social issues. In 2017, she proudly worked with the American Heart Association on Smoke-Free Initiatives, giving strategic campaign advice and growing a formidable network of supporters on both social media and in the field.
As ballot initiative manager for The Humane Society of the United States, Ellie helped lead three statewide campaigns to victory in the 2016 election. She managed campaign teams in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Oregon, empowering staff and volunteers to work longer, push harder, and always keep the mission in mind. At Sandy Hook Promise, Ellie grew the footprint of a new organization across the state. She recruited community leaders, forged strategic partnerships, implemented educational programs, and activated communities to prevent gun violence.
Ellie is on the board of the Forest Park Rotary Club, the Communications Coordinator for the 500 Women Scientists St. Louis Pod, volunteers her time with the League of Women Voters, and the ACLU, and is a former board member of the Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio. She loves to travel, has visited Europe, Africa, and South America, and has a goal to see all fifty state capitol buildings.