Ellen Havdala

Ellen Havdala

Managing Director
Equity Group Investments

Ellen has worked in a variety of capacities for Sam Zell’s affiliated companies for more than 33 years. As a managing director, she represents EGI in finding and evaluating potential investments and serves on the boards of Ardent Health Services, a provider of hospital and healthcare services; and Lanter Delivery Systems, an asset-light dedicated delivery service provider. In addition, Ellen helped establish the Zell Global Entrepreneurship Network (ZGEN), an organization that provides continuing education and mentorship for students and alumni of three entrepreneurship education programs sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

She has served on the boards of Equity Distribution Acquisition Corp. (EDAC), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) targeting opportunities to apply technological advancement within the industrial sector; SIRVA, Inc., a provider of moving and relocation services; Rewards Network, a dining rewards company; WRS Holding Company, which specializes in environmental construction and remediation; East Mediterranean Gas Company SAE, an Egyptian natural gas transmission business; National Patent Development Corporation, a holding company focused on pharmaceutical and home improvement products; and Home Products International, a global consumer products company. She also held the roles of Executive Vice President at Equity International and Vice President of Scott Sports Group.

Previously, Ellen was a financial analyst with The First Boston Corporation in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College and earned her Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago in 2016.