Jelani Ellington, PhD

A forward-thinking outcome driven executive

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Results-driven leader with 20+ years of leadership experience leading analytics, data science, business operations, and process improvement functions.

Proven ability to drive cultural and execution transformation, reduce costs, grow revenue, and optimize business operations.

Consummate leader, change agent, and entrepreneur whose diverse experience includes mergers & acquisitions and business reorganizations in an entrepreneurial setting as well as in a Fortune 50 company setting.


Director II / Principal Consultant

Anthem Inc                                                                                              2010 – Present

Performed Performed as a lead in the internal, enterprise-wide consulting arm for the company's leadership. Responsible for establishing relationships at the executive level and identifying, leading, and implementing a wide variety of strategic and improvement initiatives to enhance effectiveness and profitability of the company. Engaged with and counseled business unit leadership on methods for increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and performance on a variety of engagements.  Sample engagements include:

  • Created methodologies to streamline Account Care Organizations and comprehensive Cost of Care processes allowing for efficient case management, disease management, and utilization management
  • Led application of analytics and data science to development and implementation of improvements in enterprise cost of care  
  • Served as lead of Process Improvement and Design Thinking and Innovation practice domain resulting in implementation of new products and services throughout the enterprise
  • Enabled the awareness and adoption of new technologies and processes by encouraging leadership alignment, understanding organizational impacts and developing appropriate interventions to minimize business disruption.
  • Spearheaded implementation of large scale cultural change that improves organizational effectiveness and supported revenue growth
  • Created Anthem Performance Improvement initiative to allow training and mentoring of 250 people which realized savings of $25M


Business Analysis

Change Management

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Organizational Effectiveness

Strategy & Innovation

Process Improvement

Quality Control


Financial responsibility to $11 billion

Created enterprise quality management program

Successful execution of cultural change initiatives

Trained more than 350 employees for consultant skillset


PhD Systems Engineering (Healthcare)
Colorado State University (12/ 2018)

Doctor of Management
University of Maryland

MS Management /
MS System Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Business Administration 
Indiana University

BS Mechanical Engineering 
North Carolina A&T State University

Senior Pricing Manager

Walmart Inc                                                Arkansas                                2009–2010

Merchant Group

Member of the merchant group responsible for responsible for a $11 Billion desk with a superb record of revenue generation and client satisfaction. Showed adeptness at bringing multiple simultaneous projects to completion with full accuracy.

Senior Operations Manager

Capital One Financial                                         Virginia                                2006–2009

Business Management Office

Performed as an internal consultant supporting lines of business including Credit Card, Automotive Finance, Banking, Mortgage, and Point of Sale Line of Businesses.  Conducted research and analysis of business situations, issues, and problems to develop recommendations to executives to make key business decisions, control risks, and comply with government directives.  

General Motors Corporation

Business Development & Strategy Manager                Michigan                                2000 – 2006 

Established and communicated the strategic direction of the business unit, conducted financial and strategic analysis investigations for decision-making, and formulated and defined direction for strategy roadmaps and domain portfolios.

Various lead engineering roles                        Michigan & Missouri

Ford Motor Company                        

Product Development Engineer                        Michigan & Mexico                                1998-1999

Participated in Ford rotational management training program to gain wide insights into the business development, product development, validation, and sales functions of the corporation.