Ellen Stone earned an undergraduate degree in Human Services from Springfield College and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. In the early years of her career she co-founded the peer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit, Impact Young Adults (IYA), where she co-developed and lead leadership development trainings, social events, and public speaking training programs for young adults with mental health challenges. During this time Ellen was recognized by local and statewide mental health advocacy organizations, served on the Board of Directors of the International Bipolar Foundation, and co-chaired the San Diego Behavioral Health Work Team.
In recent years Ellen has turned her advocacy and community development efforts to the affordable housing sector. She has identified, along with other community members/leaders, the potential that tiny homes offer to those experiencing housing insecurity, as well as those that wish to downsize and live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. In 2017, she was Chair of the Tiny Home Subcommittee under San Diego County’s Behavioral Health Housing Council which culminated in a tiny home community education event called Alternative Housing Solutions. This event brought City of San Diego elected officials and County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services leadership together with over 1000 attendees. The event was covered widely by local news agencies and led to a housing development project Ellen led to create a tiny home village in Vista CA. She co-founded the local chapter of the American Tiny House Association (ATHA) in 2018 and is the Founder and Managing Director of Tiny Home Central.