My name is Elliott Davis, and I’m a Senior at Duke University. I am majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and pursuing a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and minor in Economics. Originally from North Potomac, Maryland, I was interested in coming to Duke because of its diverse academic programs, beautiful “green” campus, passionate sports culture, and welcoming student body.
At Duke, I am very involved in the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) where I launched a bipartisan political lunch group, serve on the POLIS Cabinet, and attend political speaker events. I am tour guide through the Admissions Ambassadors program and write for the Duke newspaper, The Chronicle. During my sophomore year, I was the President of the Environmental Alliance, a social environmental community focused on education, outreach, and service, lived in the sustainable energy “Smart Home,” and worked for an environmental start-up company. I am very active in Jewish Life at Duke, leading as the Religious Programming Officer for the Jewish Student Union, participating in Challah for Hunger bakes, and attending Shabbat services and dinner. During my free time, I enjoy attending basketball games as a Cameron Crazie, going to the gym, playing guitar, and watching political TV dramas.
I’ve also had the opportunity to complete a variety of environmental internships. During the Summer of 2015, I interned for my Congressman John Delaney (MD-06) where I initiated and helped organize a Climate Change Workshop. This event showed me political activism can improve lives. My passion grew through working for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection on sustainability, Environment America as the Clean Water Network Intern, and The Stella Group learning about clean energy. After my Freshman Year, I was the Conservation Policy Stanback Intern at the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The following summer, I participated in DukeEngage Portland and interned at Crag Law Center, an environmental law non-profit. After Junior Year, I interned on John Delaney’s Presidential Campaign focusing on policy and communications.
I am excited by all of the experiences I have ahead—academic, extracurricular, professional, and social—on my journey to help the environment and protect its inhabitants.