Former President & CEO
Prior to serving as Palmetto Promise Institute’s Founding President & CEO, Greenville-native Ellen Weaver worked in a wide variety of roles in U.S. Senator Jim DeMint’s Washington and South Carolina offices. Her final assignment as State Director included management of staff, communications, and outreach strategy. Her work portfolio also includes development, speechwriting, coalition-building, and authorship of editorials published nationally and across the opinion pages of South Carolina. Ellen learned the value of initiative and hard work early in life, helping her dad on the job sites of his small residential construction business. She is the immediate past Chairman of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, where she continues to serve as a business appointee. In November of 2022 she was elected by the voters of South Carolina to serve as State Superintendent of Education, a statewide Constitutional office, which we she will assume on January 11, 2023. She currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.