Elliot Williams

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With fifteen years of experience across all three branches of government, Elliot has worked with elected and appointed officials at the highest levels. He combines the attention to detail he learned as a prosecutor, a deep understanding of the legislative and executive branches of government, significant management experience, and a broad roster of contacts in and out of government.

Elliot joined The Raben Group after nearly eight years as a senior political appointee in the Obama administration. His roles in the executive branch afforded him ample opportunity to hone his skills in crisis communications, management, coalition building, implementing policy, advocating agency positions, and counseling senior leadership. Most recently, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, where he played significant roles in helping secure Senate confirmation for both Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. He also managed a team that handled the Department’s legislative affairs activity dealing with antitrust, civil, civil rights, criminal, environmental, immigration, and tax enforcement.

Prior to Justice, he spent several years as Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As the head of the agency’s legislative affairs efforts, he developed significant substantive expertise in immigration policy, as well as an understanding of the operational and political elements of policy change.

Elliot previously worked as Judiciary Counsel to now-Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. There, he represented the Senator on issues related to immigration, gun safety, criminal justice, antitrust, and bankruptcy. Elliot started his career as a practicing attorney, first clerking for two federal judges, and then being accepted into to the Attorney General’s Honors Program, where he served as a Trial Attorney in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Elliot’s efforts earned him recognition in 2015 as one of “D.C.’s Rising Stars” by the National Law Journal. An adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Elliot earned a law degree and master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree cum laude in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Career Highlights

  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Judiciary Counsel, Senator Charles E. Schumer