Elliot Sakach, 2012 Fellow, has been a proud resident of Austin, TX. Recognizing the great influence the political system has on opportunity, Elliot founded the Texas Leadership Fund, a political non-profit providing low-income, underrepresented young leaders an opportunity to engage in the political process through paid summer fellowships on progressive campaigns. Previously, Elliot worked as a field organizer and at the age of 20 Elliot joined Congressman Mark Takano’s DC staff experiences that inspired his work to this day. In addition to his political work, Elliot has worked at education non-profits Breakthrough and Communities in Schools to help students in his community receive the best education possible. After his two year political hiatus, Elliot is now focusing on his own education by returning to Oberlin College to complete his degree.