The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, the Triangle’s largest regional provider of mental health services for children from birth to age 12, recently hired Ellen Fort as its director of development and communications.

 Fort has more than 25 years of development and communications experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors and will oversee fundraising and communications for the non-profit, including the Lucy Daniels School.

 Fort led the organization’s Nov. 20 Expressions V gala, one of two major events put on each year by the Lucy Daniels Center. Held at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, the event raised $100,000. Attendees enjoyed food prepared by top chefs, bid on items during a silent and live auction, saw the works of featured artist and special guest Beverly McIver of Durham, and listened to Co-Founders Dr. Lucy Daniels and Dr. Donald Rosenblitt speak.

“Ellen joined us at a critical time in our organization and helped lead our largest fundraising event,” said Rosenblitt, the Center’s executive and clinical director. “We look forward to utilizing her skills and knowledge as we celebrate our 25th year as an institution, growing the Lucy Daniels School, and adding new programs and projects to support children with emotional and social needs and their families.”

Prior to joining the Lucy Daniels Center, Fort was director of corporate and foundation giving for the North Carolina Symphony. Prior to that, she was director of workplace giving for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, the associate director of communications at Salem Academy and College and the director of development and marketing at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Earlier in her career, she worked as the director of development at SAFEChild, a communications project manager at First Citizens Bank and the director of marketing at Rex Healthcare. 

 Fort graduated from Agnes Scott College, located in Decatur, Ga., with a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing. She is an active member of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association and the Junior League of Raleigh.