Eli Williamson is the Co-Founder and President of Leave No Veteran Behind. He also serves as the Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
Prior to 2009, Eli served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of “psychological operations” teams and as an Arabic linguist, working on outreach to civilian communities and supporting special operations forces. Before leaving the Army, Eli served as a retention officer, providing career counseling to a battalion of over 100 soldiers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals.
Eli received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Linguistics (with a minor in African studies) from Luther College in Iowa and is presently completing a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University. He also worked as a wildland firefighter in Missoula, Mt.