Ellen Deutscher

Office of the City Manager
East Palo Alto, CA

ELLEN DEUTSCHER is the founder of Empathy 2 Action, an educational consultancy firm with a focus on human-centered design and creativity. Previously, Ellen spent more than 20 years teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area, globally in China, and in higher education at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also been a teacher-in-residence at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford and a founding coach for IDEO’s teachers guild. As an entrepreneur, she is the co-creator and author of Design Dots cards, which help integrate design thinking into language arts classrooms. In 2012, she co-founded #dtk12chat, a Twitter community of thousands of design thinking educators around the world. As a Bay Area native, she advocates and actively works with community members to co-design innovative and equitable solutions for K-12 education. Ellen has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.



East Palo Alto is working to ensure that all students and families have access to equitable, comprehensive learning opportunities for K-12 and beyond. To do this, the city is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Ellen Deutscher to assess students’ abilities to access critical educational resources and programs, and develop a strategy for addressing gaps and monitoring progress toward improvement, becoming part of a groundbreaking movement to reimagine education in East Palo Alto.