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Mary Elizabeth Ellis

2017 Global Impact Award Recipient

Mary Elizabeth Ellis is a Hollywood actress and producer. She began her love for acting as a child in the local theatre of Laurel, Mississippi. That love drove her to attend the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. After graduation, Mary Elizabeth moved to Los Angeles.

Currently, she plays "Lisa" on the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet and was recently on the FOX single-camera legal comedy The Grinder. She is also known for her recurring role as “The Waitress” on FXX’s hit show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

On the feature front, she has starred in Masterminds, The Free State of Jones, and the indie The Last Time You Had Fun. She co-wrote and starred in the independent film, A Quiet Little Marriage, which won The Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival.

In addition to acting and writing, Mary Elizabeth loves drawing, being a super-involved Mom, and organizing "crafternoons" with the ladies. She is very involved with charity work, and has been an influential advocate for Well Aware's work for years.

Apart from her commitment to transforming lives through clean water, her charity work mostly includes partnering with P.S.Arts, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for kids, The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, Oceana, and St. Jude Children's Hospital.