Ellen is a member of the Town Council who runs the fire house. She is a committed and caring member of Perdido Beach society. After Sam Temple, she is appointed the Perdido Beach fire chief. She is fourteen in the beginning of the series, so she probably is fifteen by the end, if she survived. She is African American, as described when Lance pointed out that the entire council was made up of ethnic — or other social — minorities.
Ellen plays a major role in saving the town from the fire during Lies, by coming up with a plan to stop the fire from spreading by using a fire-break. She is also mentioned in Plague when she is seen trying to help fight off the bugs. Her fate is unknown as is her alliance after the "split." It is unknown if she survived the FAYZ, though she was fifteen years old.