Research Officer, Financial Security and Mobility
THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Diana Elliott is the research officer for family financial security and mobility at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project conducts original research to assess differences in family balance sheets across diverse U.S. households and to evaluate the degree to which Americans’ short-term economic security relates to their longer-term economic mobility.
As the lead on Pew’s research in American families’ financial security and opportunity, Elliott conducts original analyses, communicates and collaborates with outside experts, and guides a team of researchers on best research practices and methodological approaches. As a primary spokesperson for the project, she has presented findings on financial security and mobility at conferences across the country, reaching diverse audiences including policymakers, and has been interviewed on national television and radio news programs and with top print publications.
Elliott previously served as research officer for Pew’s economic mobility project, working to build broad nonpartisan agreement on the facts and figures related to mobility and to encourage an active debate on how best to improve opportunity in America. Before coming to Pew, she was a family demographer at the U.S. Census Bureau where she conducted research on marriage, divorce, and family living arrangements. She worked at the University of Massachusetts - Boston Survey Research Center and at the firm Belden & Russonello, where she developed questionnaires, conducted focus groups and in-depth interviews, managed surveys in the field, and analyzed quantitative and qualitative findings for academic, nonprofit, and private clients.
Elliott completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Maryland - College Park.