As Chief People Officer of the NBA, Sabrina Ellis oversees all aspects of the league's global human resources strategy - including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, and learning and leadership development - across its offices in 15 markets around the world. With a focus on global best practices and inclusion, she will also build, implement and drive engagement initiatives that address workforce culture and attract a globally diverse group of employees.
Prior to joining the NBA in January 2023, Ellis previously worked at New York University (NYU) where she served as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since 2016. While at NYU, Ellis led core HR services across all business and academic functions for a global employee population of 26,000 in 13 countries spanning the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Focusing on inclusive leadership, Ellis collaborated across all NYU schools and units in the development and execution of numerous groundbreaking programs to recruit and retain a world-class workforce. Under her leadership, NYU launched several firsts, including its Youth Program Compliance Office, Employee Engagement Unit and university-wide Onboarding Center.
Ellis previously served as Vice President of Human Resources at George Washington University, where she led HR strategy and operations from 2012 to 2016. Earlier in her career, she was the Assistant Vice President of HR at the City College of New York (CUNY) and served as Human Resources Officer for University Relations and Public Affairs at NYU.
Ellis earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from NYU.