Spencer earned her bachelor of science at Miles College. She has served as a counselor for prisoners and helped establish a tutoring program at Daniel Payne Middle School. She was secretary of the Smithfield Estates community before being elected president. As a candidate for City Council, Spencer promised to bring community leaders, realtors and lenders together with city officials to strategize for economic revitalization in her district. Specifically she hoped to recruit a grocery store, dry cleaner and family restaurant to District 9.
She and her husband, Fred have five children.
- Wray, Cheryll (August 23, 2013) "Birmingham election: District 9 residents say they are ready for their fair share of attention." The Birmingham News
- Ellen Spencer campaign website