Prior to his role in the Department of Transportation, he served as the vice president of public safety, health, and environment for CSX Transportation (CSX), where he focused on issues of direct concern to PHMSA’s mission of protecting the American people and their environment. Elliott's portfolio included hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, environmental operations and compliance, crisis management, occupational health and safety, continuity of operations, and the management of CSX’s railroad police department. He has also served on the board of directors for CSX IP, a CSX subsidiary.
Mr. Elliott’s career has demonstrated his lifelong commitment to safety. While at CSX, he championed the development and implementation of computer-based tools to assist emergency response officials, first responders, and homeland security personnel in mitigating risks and responding to hazardous materials and security incidents. He firmly believes that applying new technologies is essential in the pursuit of PHMSA’s goal of zero safety incidents.
Elliott’s expertise is widely acknowledged in the field of transportation safety. He has served in a number of professional associations related to safety, including the Risk Management Working Committee and the Security Committee of the American Association of Railroads (AAR). He is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security and previously served on the FBI‑DHS Domestic Security Alliance Council. In recognition of his many professional contributions, Elliott was awarded AAR’s prestigious Holden‑Profrock Award for lifetime achievement in hazardous materials transportation safety, as well as many other awards and honors.
Elliott is a proud graduate of Indiana University, with a bachelor's degree in English and forensic studies. He was the recipient of the IU Department of Criminal Justice’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, and he is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences' Executive Dean’s Advisory Board. In addition to his degree from IU, Elliott holds a master’s degree from Columbia Southern University. A native of Indiana, he and his wife currently reside in Florida.