About Us

Community Research Institute Staff

Photo of Ellen Cutter, AICPEllen Cutter, AICP

Director, Community Research Institute

  • Office: 200 E. Main St., Suite 910, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: 260-481-0274
  • E-mail: cuttere@ipfw.edu
  • Fax: 866-847-0958



Ellen Cutter joined the IPFW community as the Director of the Community Research Institute in July 2013. Ms. Cutter previously served as a Principal and the Director of Research for Market Street Services, a community, economic, and workforce development consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her eight-year tenure included strategic planning and technical assistance services in over 20 states and dozens of communities ranging from Austin, Texas and Coachella Valley, California to Joplin, Missouri and the State of West Virginia. Prior to Market Street, Ellen was an AmeriCorps volunteer in rural Oregon, serving as the Special Projects Manager for the Port of Cascade Locks.

Ms. Cutter is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and she earned her Master's of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a focus on economic development and land use. She is an AICP certified urban planner and a member of the American Planning Association and the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Ellen has presented at national conferences and training seminars hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), American Planning Association (APA), and the Kauffman Foundation and has contributed to an exhibition on high-speed rail at the Chicago History Museum.