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Leigh (Ellie) Walters

IP Special Programs Coordinator
880 West Campus Drive
3002 Pamplin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ellie comes from an International family, having moved around China, Taiwan, and the U.S. for her early life. After finally settling down in Blacksburg, VA, she was able to attend Virginia Tech for her undergraduate studies.

After graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology in 2012, she spent several years keeping accounting books for a small lighting business. With the help of her family, she moved on to open and run small business in Blacksburg – Opass Tea and Crepe. After 4 years, she sold the tea shop and moved abroad to Tokyo, working in early education for several years. She eventually moved back to Blacksburg, where she joined Pamplin’s International programs team.

Ellie now resides in Blacksburg with her family. Her hobbies include reading (especially mystery novels), sewing, and discovering new coffee spots.