Ellen Gonda is the Vice President of Communications at Etsy. She is a passionate and strategic communications professional with global experience across industries and disciplines. Ellen has counseled public and private companies and individuals in various capacities, particularly during critical inflection points. She is the Co-Founder and Producer of The People Sign, a documentary film project intended to recognize the ASL/ESL interpretation of music as an art form. Prior to that, Ellen was a Senior Vice President at Hilton Worldwide, where she led global corporate communications and corporate responsibility. Before joining Hilton, she was Vice President and Director of Communications for the Americas at The Carlyle Group, and previously held positions at the Brunswick Group, Gavin Anderson & Company, and Abernathy MacGregor Frank. Ellen graduated with high honours from the University of California, Berkeley.