A native of southwest Oklahoma, Elliott spent 24 years in the Army working in finance. He was stationed in various posts both in the U.S. and abroad, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Germany and South Korea. He found Korea interesting for many reasons, particularly its emphasis on education. “The students there sometimes have 21 different subjects in one week,” he recalls. In 2000, he relocated to Virginia and worked in resource management, before moving into internal review. He’s also served as the deputy chief financial officer in the Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President.