Ellen Kehr joins the Blue Zones Project® team as the Organization Lead for the City of Albert Lea. With over 20 years of experience in community partnerships, and a applying a strong background in community well-being, Ellen brings an experienced and collaborative management style to the Blue Zones Project.

Prior to joining Blue Zones Project Albert Lea, Ellen worked as the Coordinator for the Freeborn County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership and the Organization Lead for the Blue Zones Project Mason City.

Known for her boundless energy, passion and ability to develop strong relationships, Ellen has pioneered many grassroots community initiatives to improve the quality of life in Albert Lea.

Ellen has served on many community boards and commissions, and is a past member of the Albert Lea City Council. Currently, she is a past president and board member of the Riverland Community College Foundation.

She and her husband Randy live in Albert Lea and have two children, and three grandchildren.