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nancy ellington owner of compass total rewards

Nancy Ellington – Founder

Nancy has 15+ years of in-house experience in human resources, specializing in compensation and benefits. In addition, she has more than 10 years’ experience in Finance and understands the significant financial impact that compensation and benefit programs have on the business. Her experience includes both public and private sectors in a mix of small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies. She knows the entire process from end to end, setting herself apart from many other consultants.


Nancy has developed a number of innovative approaches to compensation including market-leading remuneration strategies, forward-looking compensation summaries, and proactive engagement/retention plans. She’s delivered presentations to all levels of management including C-Suite Executives and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

In-House Experience

Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue, WA
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA
Affymetrix, San Jose, CA
Novellus Systems, San Jose, CA
National Semiconductor, San Jose, CA
Northrop Grumman, Redondo Beach, CA

Professional Associations

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
Global HR Consortium (GHRC)
Northwest Compensation & Rewards Forum (NCRF)
Silicon Valley Compensation Association (SVCA)
Seattle SHRM


Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)
Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
Certified Benefits Professional (CBP)
Certified Global Remuneration Professional (CGRP)


Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA); emphasis in Human Resources
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA); emphasis in Accounting

Volunteer Activities

Co-lead for the Seattle SHRM Compensation & Benefits SIG