- Navy Wife & Mother - Retired FBI Agent - UNF Professor - Community Champion

MEET ELLEN

Dr. Ellen Glasser values our unique and family-oriented way of life in Atlantic Beach. Just as she demonstrated in her life of public service, Ellen will use her proven, trusted leadership skills to restore needed stability to our city government and to protect our community values in the future.

Ellen earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from Duke University. She then had a distinguished career as a Special Agent in the FBI, earning the nickname “Agent Mom” and working in many duty stations. After 9/11, she was the inaugural coordinator of the North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force.  

Upon retiring from the FBI, Ellen earned a doctorate in leadership from the University of North Florida where she is now a faculty member teaching courses in criminology and criminal justice to hundreds of students each year.  

Ellen has also been active in professional and civic activities, including service on the Atlantic Beach Community Development Board, the Atlantic Beach Code Enforcement Board, Beaches Habitat for Humanity, the Jacksonville Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Ellen is a devoted wife, mother of six, and grandmother of three. Her husband, CAPT Don Glasser, USNR (RET), is a former Navy Seal and, like Ellen, he is a retired FBI Special Agent.  In the FBI, he helped form the elite Hostage Rescue Team. Today, he is a small business owner. Ellen is an animal lover and her hobbies include cycling and running on the beach.

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Community Service

•    Current Code Enforcement Board, Atlantic Beach
•    Past President, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
•    Former Community Development Board, Atlantic Beach
•    Former Family Selection Committee, Beaches Habitat, Atlantic Beach
•    Former Resource Allocation Committee, United Way, Jacksonville, FL
•    Former Commissioner, Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, Jacksonville, FL
•    UNF Criminal Justice & Criminology Club
•    Former Trustee, Former Agents of the FBI Foundation
•    Big Ride Across America, American Lung Association

Memberships & Professional Associations     

•    Beaches Watch
•    Beach Church
•    Beaches Museum & History Park
•    Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol Nest Adoption
•    Daughters of the American Revolution, Jean Ribault Chapter
•    Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
•    Florida Crown Chapter, Retired Special Agents
•    American Association of University Women
•    Southern Criminal Justice Association
•    Regional Political Leadership Institute Graduate, Jacksonville, FL
•    Nonpartisan Campaign Seminar, Leadership Jacksonville