Educational Programs Manager

Ella Cramer is the educational programs manager for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. In this role, she creates educational opportunities and experiences that inspire young people across metro Detroit to connect to their place, grow their community, and live meaningful lives.

Ella was born and raised on the east side of Detroit. Since she was young person, Ella has had a strong desire to work with youth in her community. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago where she earned degrees in special education, elementary education, and English as a second language. Upon graduation, she returned to Detroit where she spent the last several years as a middle school language arts teacher at a public-charter school on the east side of Detroit. While serving as a teacher there, she collaborated with her colleagues to create a co-curricular and place-based curriculum for grades 6-8, served as chair of their union, and loved taking her eighth graders on a week-long camping trip at the end of every school year.

Ella lives on the east side of Detroit with her dog and husband. Outside of work, she enjoys running along the river, baking gluten-free cookies, hiking and camping in state and national parks, going to concerts, and rooting for Detroit sports teams.