About David Elliot

Communications Director
Coalition on Human Needs

David Elliot joined CHN as Communications Director in 2016 and has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network. Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.

Five pints of Guinness


September 1, 2016

By now you probably have heard the news: The European Union has ruled that Apple has received billions of dollars in illegal tax breaks from Ireland’s government and owes $14.5 billion in back taxes. Although Ireland already has a (relatively low) 12.5 percent corporate tax rate, the EU’s European Commission actually stated in a news Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Lead Poisoning, Opioids, Tax Policy, Zika

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Ignoring an epidemic


August 31, 2016

This is what the expansion of an epidemic looks like. The Zika virus has now been detected in 67 countries, including most of the Americas. In the 50 states of the U.S., more than 2,500 cases of Zika have been reported, affecting every state except for Alaska and Wyoming. Almost all of these cases resulted Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Zika

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We don’t do cat videos, but we do engage in serious poverty analysis


August 18, 2016

Do you wonder if poverty is growing in your state? Would you like to know how to use state and local data about income based on race, age, or gender? Do you know how to access the soon-to-be released Census Bureau poverty, income and health insurance data? And why, why, why do cat videos attract Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Income Support, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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“Anonymity Overdose:” How U.S. tax policy supports drug addiction misery


August 8, 2016

Since 2000, the rate of deaths from opioid-related overdoses has increased 200 percent. In 2014, there were approximately one and a half times more drug overdose deaths in the United States than deaths from motor vehicle accidents. So: what can we do about it? One thing we can do is crack down on anonymous shell Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Opioids, Shell companies, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: During the height of mosquito season, Congress recesses — without fighting Zika


August 5, 2016

For months, public health officials have warned that the Zika virus eventually would show up in the continental U.S. They warned of this back in the winter, months before the mosquitoes that help transmit Zika were on most people’s radar screen. They warned of this in the spring, even as health officials warned of an Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disabilities, Health, Zika

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Honoring Ruth, Wade, and the Politics of Change


July 20, 2016

Visitors who stand on the sidewalk in front of the AFL-CIO’s Washington, D.C. building and look left capture a magnificent view of the White House, perhaps three-quarters of a mile away. This was the backdrop Tuesday night for the Coalition on Human Needs’ 13th annual Human Needs Hero Reception. CHN was proud to honor Ruth Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Poverty and Income

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Meanwhile…the mosquitoes are breeding.


July 1, 2016

If you read CHN’s latest Human Needs Report, posted earlier this week, you know that Congress continues to squabble over funding for the Zika virus. They left for the fourth of July recess without approving additional funds.  And, thanks to an in-depth article that appeared Sunday in the Washington Post, we are now getting a Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health

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Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan: ‘Better lipstick. Same pig.’


June 28, 2016

Editor’s note: Earlier this month, we discussed CHN’s June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity. As part of that event, Melissa Boteach, vice president of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, delivered a presentation on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan. She Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Income Support, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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LaJuana Clark’s Story: ‘It’s not how I start. It’s how I finish.’


June 21, 2016

Editor’s note: Last week, we discussed CHN’s June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity. As part of that event, we heard the story of LaJuana Clark, who has struggled with homelessness and under-employment. This is LaJuana’s story. We encourage you to watch a recording of the event Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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What works to fight poverty?


June 16, 2016

Poverty has been in the news a lot lately. Two years ago we marked the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s famous War on Poverty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which supplanted Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). And a GOP task force whose members were Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Unemployment Insurance

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