Civic Engagment Office

Staff Biographies

Nell Anderson came to Bryn Mawr in 2000 as the Praxis Program was just initiated at Bryn Mawr and has provided leadership to the development of the program since that time.  She is currently a Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND).   Her focus at the CEO has been on the development of key partnerships between the College and organizations and schools in the Norristown and Philadelphia communities.   She has an MSW (U of Penn ’78) and a BS in Psychology (Georgetown ’75) and has many years of experience in higher education, program management, and counseling.   Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, her work focused on increasing the college access and success of students from the Philadelphia public schools. She continues to be interested in these issues, and is also interested in issues related to immigrant communities and public health. 

Nell lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Manuel, and cat, Fiddlesticks.   She has three grown children and four grandchildren.  She keeps her life in balance with the support of yoga and has recently discovered spinning! 

Ellie Esmond began working at Bryn Mawr in 2000 when the Civic Engagement Office was still known as the Community Service Office. During her time here she has helped to develop programs such as the Ardmore Community Tutoring, the Belmont Mentoring Program, and the Summer of Service program. In addition, Ellie coordinated the steering committee that developed LEAP, the Leadership, Empowerment and Advancement Program.

Originally from Virginia, Ellie attended James Madison University and majored in English with a minor in Women’s Studies. She received her Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University before coming to Bryn Mawr. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Kevin, son Paul, and two cats, Alice and Mo. Ellie enjoys reading, knitting trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Anne Bradley is one of the Praxis Field Placement Coordinators at the CEO.  Originally from Haiti, Anne Bradley has been living in the U.S. since 1992.  She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and a Master in Social Service Management with a Home and School Certification from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research in 2002.  Anne lives with her husband, three children, her youngest sister and her dog, Genevieve.  She loves to travel, read, listen to music and take long walks.  Anne has been involved in Haiti since the earthquake with the rebuilding of a school, providing/leading/supporting conferences on education and mental health issues to various groups in Haiti.

Sydney Coppola has been at the College for almost 10 years, and is now the administrative assistant at both the Civic Engagement Office and the Pensby Center, handling website maintenance finances and scheduling. She lives with her husband, three children and cat, and spends much of her free time attending swim meets, band concerts and dance recitals. In her spare time, she enjoys music, movies and reading.

Quanisha Smith - Bio coming soon!