Ellen Snortland is lawyer, teacher, writing coach, and self-defense instructor. She is a regular opinion columnist for the Pasadena Weekly and a Huffington Post blogger. Snortland has been an U.N. Press Corps credentialed journalist and a delegate for major United Nations World Conferences, including the Women’s Conference in Beijing, the Conference Against Racism in South Africa, and the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. She was the president and co-president of the Pasadena Chapter of the United Nations Association for years, as well as being on the board. Snortland got her B.A. in theater and film at UC Irvine and her J.D. at Loyola Law School in L.A. She has participated with Landmark Worldwide educational programs since 1973. Snortland is the playwright and performer of a one-woman show, Now That She’s Gone, which premiered at the New York Fringe Festival. An instructor and on the board of the 501(c)3 IMPACT Personal Safety of Los Angeles, Snortland is the author of Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls, a how-come book about women’s personal safety featured on Dateline NBC and NPR. She is the director/writer/producer of the documentary Beauty Bites Beast: The Missing Conversation About Ending
Violence, and she is coauthor of The Safety Godmothers, with fellow self-defense expert, Lisa Gaeta. She lives in Altadena, CA, with her husband, Ken Gruberman, and their 3 naughty dogs.