Ellen S. Gannett
Senior Strategist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time
- M.Ed., Lesley College
Focused on policy research, program evaluation, training, and consultation to out-of-school time industry professionals and field.
Ellen S. Gannett, M.Ed., was a senior strategist and former director (1981-2022) of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. Gannett began her work in the afterschool field in the 1970s as a teacher-director of a school-based afterschool program where she worked for seven years. During her four decades at NIOST, she advanced in the organization from training director to associate director to co-director and became the director in 2006. Throughout that time, Gannett ensured that research bridged the fields of child care, education, and youth development in order to promote programming that addressed the development of the whole child and the professional advancement of the field.