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Ellen Stern Harris, American foundation administrator, public policy educator, writer. Named Woman of Year Los Angeles Times, 1969, Voorhis Distinguished Visitor Claremont Colleges and California Polytechnic, 1991; honored by Sierra Club, 1969, Audubon Society, 1969, Clarence Darrow Foundation, 1978; recipient American Motors Conservation award, 1970, World Communications award United Nations Association, 1983.


Harris, Ellen Stern was born on November 2, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Daughter of Herman Jastro Stern and Geraldine (Rosenberg) Wayne.


Instructor public affairs workshop Communications Workers American, Los Angeles, 1977—1978. Instructor, program coordinator, moderator, guest lecturer University of California at Los Angeles. Executive director Public Access Producers Academy, Beverly Hills, California.

Consumer advocate columnist Los Angeles Times, 1971—1978. Consumer advisor Times Mirror Satellite Cable/Apple Productions, 1981. Producer, host television program Who's In Charge, Station KPFK-television, 1979—1980, Consumer Connection Station KCRW-television, 1979.

Co-host consumer education television series NBC, 1975.


Trustee Station WETA-television-AM, Washington, 1975-1978. Coordinator California Friends of Public Broadcasting, 1976-1980. Executive secretary Council for Planning and Conservation, 1967-1973, Friends of Santa Monica Mountains Parks, 1965-1966.

Executive director Fund for Environment, 1970-2006. Assistant founder Center for Study Democratic Institutes, 1964. Board directors Bay Institute San Francisco, 1982-1986, Friends of Beverly Hills Public Library., 1982-1983.

Member cable advisory committee Beverly Hills City council, 1986, Mayor's advisory committee on Beverly Hills Water, 1986. Advisory board California Tomorrow, 1967-1983, Urban Environmental Foundation, 1977-1979, Town Hall of California since 1976, Los Angeles Conservancy, since 1978. Member American Institute of Architects Land Use Task Force, 1972-1974.

Board directors Metropolitan Water District Southern California, 1978-1981. Chairman Mayor's advisory committee on cable television, City of Beverly Hills, 1982-1983, 85. Vice chairman California Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, 1972-1976.

Member special committee access conveners City of Los Angeles, since 1990. Member EMF consensus group California Public Utilities Commission, 1991-1992. Member recreation and parks commission City of Beverly Hills, 1991-1996, vice chair, 1991-1992, chair, 1992-1993.

Committee member department technical, since 1996. Member electromagnetic fields science advisory consultant California Department Health Services, since 1994. Member Federal Coastal Zone Management Advisory Committee, 1973-1975, Los Angeles County Environmental Quality Control Committee, 1970-1973, Los Angeles County Beach Advisory Committee, 1970-1973, Los Angeles-Ventura Regional Water Quality Control Board, 1966-1970, District Attorney's Community Advisory Council for Los Angeles County, 1976-1982, California Attorney General's Environmental Task Force, 1970-1979, others.


Children: Tom, Jane.

Herman Jastro Stern Wayne

Geraldine (Rosenberg) Wayne

Tom Harris

Jane Harris