Ellie Forman

Vice President

Community Engagement


Ellie Forman is the vice president of community engagement at Mesirow Financial. This includes financial and human capital investments in nonprofit and community organizations that are moving the needle in education, healthcare, arts & culture and more. She has built strong rapports with key players in Chicago’s corporate, nonprofit, government, media, business and other industries during her 14 years in communications and philanthropy.

Prior to joining Mesirow Financial in 2012, Ellie was a senior account executive at Chicago public affairs firm Jasculca Terman, where she spent more than seven years managing communications, media relations and event planning on behalf of nonprofit, government, education, foundation and corporate clients.

Ellie has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business for her work in corporate philanthropy. She has served on numerous boards and committees including: Girls on the Run-Chicago, Chicago Center for Jewish Genetics, Bright Pink, The Children’s Place Association, and Nest. In 2014, she joined the Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet where she has served as secretary and luncheon co-chair. She launched the Chicago Young Professionals Board for buildOn, an organization for which she now sits on the Midwest Board.

After completing a public relations internship in London, Ellie earned her BA in speech communication from Miami University (Ohio) in 2005.