Mayor Ellen Brain

Ellen Brain has been a resident of Somerville for 30 years. Ellen is a graduate of Newark State College and Kean University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and Education.

She began her career at AT&T’s Data Systems Education Center as a technical writer and instructor and moved into positions with more authority and breadth over her 27.5 year career. Her responsibilities enabled her to travel both across the United States and around the world as she spoke at many venues on a variety of both technical and management subjects. She also travelled extensively to many countries to negotiate agreements with international contacts in the development of many global initiatives. During her time at AT&T, Ellen supervised many projects which required strong oversight, vision and strong inter-personal skills.

Once she left AT&T, Ellen began her community service in earnest. She worked on the Somerville School Project which resulted in the current footprint of Somerville’s Middle School. She also was a representative on the library board, the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter and until recently, Ellen served on the Zoning board as a fourteen year member. Ellen has sat in on many ARB meetings as the Zoning Board representative.

Ellen then turned her attention to the teaching certification which she had earned many years ago and became a substitute teacher, interestingly; she was a substitute teacher in each of the Somerville Schools. Realizing that teaching was still her passion, Ellen was then invited to take on the role of the Advanced Placement English Teacher at North Plainfield High School where she remained for 10 years. During the last few years of her stay at the high school, Ellen began teaching English Composition I and II at Raritan Valley Community College where she is still an active adjunct professor.

Ellen is eager to work on behalf of the people of Somerville in her new role as Interim Mayor. It is her intention to do the best job that she possibly can to ensure that her being in this role will greatly benefit Somerville.