Ellie Frey Zagel

Vice Chair and Trustee, The Frey Foundation

Ellie Frey Zagel is the 3rd Generation Vice Chair and Trustee of her family’s Frey Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, MI.  For nearly a decade she has been deeply involved in working with the next generation of family business, family philanthropy, and family wealth, first as Director of the Family Business Alliance and now as President of Successful Generations, a company she recently founded.
Philanthropic since her early teens, Ellie personally supports worthy causes domestically and internationally.  Ellie earned her Bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from Boston University and has certificates in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute. She has spoken around the country on next-generation issues in family business and family philanthropy.
Ellie serves on several nonprofit boards including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Frey Foundation, and Learning to Give.
Outside of work, Ellie is an avid fly fisherwoman. When she is not in a trout stream, you can find Ellie and her husband Chad in East Grand Rapids, MI with their toddler Steven Monroe.