After serving with his wife, Amy, in the Peace Corps in Suriname, he worked as the Executive Director of the Travis County Democratic Party, fighting Republicans and helping elect progressive candidates. Because Elliott believes politics in the end must create meaningful change, he focused his work on issues that are challenging our community. To increase access to healthcare, he managed the effort to create the Travis County Healthcare District. He went to work for Foundation Communities, the largest affordable housing non-profit in Austin, and created and led the successful campaign to invest $65 million in affordable housing. As a socially minded non-profit executive, he has sought to tackle traffic congestion by offering more mobility choices, as the founder of the first car sharing service in Texas and now as the non-profit CEO of Austin B-cycle, a record-setting bike share system, nationally recognized one of the Top 10 in the U.S.
Elliott is a community leader who gives back. He served on the board of directors of Bike Austin, helping shepherd the organization through its merger with the Austin Cycling Association and with the hiring its first full-time Executive Director. He was a founder of the North American Bike Share Association and served as the organizations first board treasurer.
He is a 25 year resident of Austin, living in the same neighborhood in South Austin for the last 16 years. His wife is the school librarian at their neighborhood school, St. Elmo Elementary, which was recognized as a top elementary school serving low-income students in Central Texas. Their children attend public schools at St. Elmo Elementary and at an Austin ISD magnet middle school.
Elliott’s faith is a critical part of who he is and drives him to serve others. He is a 20-year member of University United Methodist Church. Elliott became a Christian as an adult and was baptized at UUMC. Amy and he were married there, and their children sing in the church choir. He served as a member of the church Finance Committee for two terms and is currently the Vice Chair of the Church Council, the board of directors for UUMC. The congregation focuses on serving those in need and fighting for social justice, giving Elliott weekly inspiration to work for positive change in our community.