Ellen has served on the boards and advisory councils of various organizations, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Bird Advisory Board, Nature Conservancy Advisory Council, Medical and Surgical Hospital in Beaumont, St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont, Aspen Institute/Aspen Meadows Board, and Aspen Theater in the Park Board. She is an active member of both the Development Board of the University of Texas and the Advisory Council of U.T. Press, where she served as Chair. Ellen was born in Wichita Falls and grew up on a nearby ranch at Prairie Flower, Texas. She graduated from Saint Stephen's School in Austin, and from the University of Texas in Austin. She currently spends considerable time working on her ranch in upper South Texas, improving the land and the habitat, and restoring native grasses and plants. She and her husband, Edward Randall III, reside in Houston and at their ranch.