After completing the joint MBA/Master of Environmental Studies program at Yale University in 1998, Elliot joined Enron Corp to learn the power business and pursue his interest in energy and the environment. He spent two years structuring power transactions and then established the Renewable Power Desk to market green power products and services throughout the Western United States.
Following the Enron meltdown, he joined the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Portland, OR. BPA is the federal agency responsible for marketing low-cost power from the Columbia River Hydroelectric System. At BPA, he has held multiple positions, including trading floor manager, manager of transmission policy, and Executive VP of Corporate Strategy, thus developing a comprehensive knowlege of power system operations, wholesale power and transmission markets, energy policy development and executive management.
During his 11 years at BPA, he has also leveraged his background in business, environment and utility operations to help the Pacific Northwest address the challenges of large-scale renewables integration and commercial operations. He led the development of the 2007 NW Wind Integration Action Plan and served as the Organizing Committee Chair for the Northwest Power Pool Members' Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative. In February, 2013, he was named BPA's Acting Deputy Administrator, overseeing the Agency's Finance, Strategy, Legal, Risk, Public Affairs, Audit, Compliance and Governance functions.
In July, 2013, he was named Acting Administrator & CEO and was subsequently appointed permanent Administrator & CEO by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on January 27, 2014.