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Nancy Ellington

Nancy Ellington – Managing Partner

Nancy Ellington has 25+ years of compensation experience, and more than 10 years’ experience in Finance. She understands the significant financial impact that compensation programs have on the business. She spent most of her career in the corporate world, working in-house at various companies in high-tech, life sciences, private equity and aerospace industries. However, Nancy has always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In 2016, she left the corporate world behind and launched Compass Total Rewards – a compensation consulting firm. In 2020, she merged her firm with Columbia Compensation to form Alliance Compensation. Today, Nancy’s 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. She holds certifications from WorldatWork that include: Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). Nancy has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.

She is the Practice Leader for Alliance for Compensation Audit, Job Architecture, Market Analysis, Salary Structure | Pay Grades | Pay Ranges and Survey Submission.

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Read Nancy’s blog postings on our Blog Page here: Alliance Compensation | Blog | Critical Thinking.

Read about Nancy’s partners, David and Jim: Our Team | Alliance Compensation.


Nancy is married, has two adult children, and lives in Redmond, WA. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, wine tasting, traveling, and scuba diving.