Elliott is a nonprofit organization that advocates for you
Founded in 1997 by consumer advocate and journalist Christopher Elliott, our goal is to empower consumers to solve their problems and to help those who can’t. We do it through direct advocacy, journalism on an ad-free website and maintaining the largest database of executive contact information on the Internet.
Here’s a little more information about our mission and our causes.
If you’re having trouble with a business — any business — and you’ve reached a dead end, we’ll try to help. Send us a request and we’ll investigate. Please read our frequently asked questions before getting in touch.
Michelle Couch-Friedman is a consumer advocate, writer and licensed clinical social worker. If she isn’t answering your consumer questions, she’s probably on an awesome road trip. She can be reached here.
Andy Smith is a retired systems analyst, financial analyst and editor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Soviet Area Studies, a master’s in Slavic linguistics, and an M.B.A. in finance. He has long been a student of languages, which comes in handy in his current job as a ski instructor at Whitetail, in Pennsylvania, where he can provide instruction in Russian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Brazilian Portuguese.
Michelle Bell has worked in the travel and hospitality industry for almost two decades. Born in Germany, she has lived in 15 states and two foreign countries and traveled to more than 35 countries. After living and working in Southeast Asia for several years, she now resides in New Orleans.
Teri Bergin is the director of the newsletter department. She is a physician assistant with an oncology and hematology practice in Central Florida. She leads our newsletter department.
Dwayne Coward is a native Texan currently based in the St. Louis Metro East. He has worked for the U.S. Air Force for 35 years having been assigned to Florida, Greenland, Texas, Montana and Germany. When he is not here helping consumers, he is working on his latest scroll saw project.
John Galbraith is the director of our research department. He is a UK-based lawyer and he loves to find the contacts that others can’t find.
Steven Glover, technology
Steven Glover is responsible for ensuring the site operates smoothly.
Barry Graham has extensive travel experience and likes to help others solve challenges both with travel and with life in general. He is married with six adorable children. In his day job, he is a master inventor and mentors talented professionals. He is also a sales engineer and serves on two non-profit boards.
Mark Pokedoff is an Emmy-award-winning television production specialist. He travels extensively for his work with CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and other networks.
Elliott would not be possible without help from a staff of volunteers, who donate their time to help advocate for consumers. If you’re interested in making the world a better place, please fill out this form. We’d love to have you on board.
*As of February 2018, Elliott.org has initiated the process of applying for nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.