Ella S. Teal was appointed President of the Urban League of Union County, Inc., in Elizabeth, NJ on September 1, 1979 by the Board of Directors.  In this capacity she serves as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for implementing programs and policies set by the Board.  As of December 31, 2016 the League employed ten (10) full-time and two (2) part-time individuals.  The agency budget was $1,000,000.  The League served over 2,700 county residents through its programs, distributing over $150,000 in direct emergency assistance for shelter, food and utilities in 2016.

Programs operated include Employment, Comprehensive Housing Counseling (including foreclosure), and Youth Counseling in the areas of Teen Pregnancy and Day Treatment for Juvenile Offenders, job readiness training for welfare recipients, computer training and case management for ex-offenders.
Prior to this position Mrs. Teal served as the Program Director for the Morris County Urban League in Morristown, New Jersey for eight (8) years.  Mrs. Teal holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, School of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization.  Her Bachelor's degree is from Albany State College (GA) with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.
Additional educational training has been in Executive Development Programs sponsored through the IBM Corporation, National Urban League, Inc., Duke University and Atlanta University.  She was also selected to attend a management training program at Harvard University by the National Urban League.  In 2003, Mrs. Teal received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Certificate of Completion in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management for Nonprofit Executives program from the Executive Academy for Social Entrepreneurs' at George Mason University.
Mrs. Teal has been married for 45 years to husband William. They have two children: daughter, Tahirah Teal Kotati (Yombwe) and son, Shakir and three grandchildren Julian Alyster Kotati, Benjamin Ellis Kotati and Zahra Ain Kotati.