PLP 2018 Profile: Kyle Elliott

headshot of Kyle Elliot, member of the PLP class of 2018Name: Kyle Elliott

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: I was born in Seattle, WA (Go Hawks!) and moved to Fairfax County when I was 12-years-old. I attended high school at Flint Hill in Oakton before moving on to UVA (WAHOOWA!) and then law school at W&M.

Where do you currently call home? Richmond is my home where I have lived for the past 8 years. I reside in the Museum District. I'm a stone's throw from the City's best restaurants, breweries, and barcades.

Occupation: I am a lawyer. I got my start in civil litigation as a steward of the taxpayers' dollars with the City of Richmond City Attorney's Office - Health and Public Safety Section. I defended the City, it's officers, elected officials in any lawsuit. I now work in private practice helping both public and private employers navigate employment laws and find equitable solutions with their employees.

Favorite part about the job: The world of employment law is fast-paced and dynamic. Business practices and culture do not always change at the same pace as our laws. It takes creativity and ingenuity to solve employment issues for employers. But at the end of the day, there is nothing more exhilarating than standing up in a courtroom and making an argument to a judge and jury.

Your first job ever: My first job was as a busboy at Red Robin during high school. The job was fantastic. I worked with all my friends, was paid mostly in tips, and got to sing the Happy Happy Birthday song at least three times a night!

Favorite Book/Currently Reading: I am currently reading "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond. Virginia - and Richmond in particular - has some of the highest eviction rates in the country. The problem is multifaceted but understanding the root causes is the first step to addressing this crisis.

Comfort Food: My family has deep Creole ancestry so anything my Granny and mom make. Gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya. And then finish that off with a blackberry cobbler. I just got hungry.

What’s playing in your car right now? Probably some Drake. Scorpion is fire!

Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? Not really a podcast guy, but if you have any suggestions, I'm listening.

Next journey? I love to travel, both domestically and abroad. My mom is in the State Department and currently stationed in Panama, so I will be visiting her there soon. But any time I can make it to the beach or a lake sign me up!

Favorite Virginia destination? Charlottesville! (Did I mention Wahoowa!) I make the short drive from RIC to Cville many times a year. There is a good chance you will find me at a football game, basketball game, or vineyard there. Come say hi!

First political memory? My first political memories are the Bush, Clinton, Perot debates of 1992. My favorite political memory - and the one that left an indelible mark on me - is President Obama's 2004 convention speech.

Best advice you ever received? Wear a watch, even if you have a clock on your phone. A lawyer's (and everyone's really) most precious commodity is time. And you should always know what time it is.

If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why? Tiger Woods. I love golf and Tiger inspired me to take up the sport. But beyond that, he broke barriers and introduced a new generation to a segment of American culture that wasn't always so welcoming. Tiger isn't without his controversies but his story of redemption is part of the American dream. He is an incredible athlete and proud winner and I'd love to hear his thoughts on everything.

One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? I took ballet, jazz and tap as a child. It's why I'm so quick and nimble and the haters can't touch me.

Ambition, political or otherwise? I'd love to hold elected office in Richmond one day. Weather that is at the local or state level, I want to represent the City and the people who live here. The City of Richmond has the potential to be a great American city and I want to see that happen. I love the Commonwealth and a strong and healthy Richmond is great for us all.

Favorite part about the PLP so far? Without question, your classmates. The people in Sorensen are passionate, intelligent, and want to be there. We come from all across the Commonwealth - making sacrifices - to learn, debate, and better ourselves so that we can be in a position to better our communities. We are diverse in our backgrounds, opinions, and views but we remain civil and respectful. I know I have made friends for life.

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018