Eli Williamson, a native of Chicago, Illinois, received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Linguistics from Luther College in Decorah, IA. After college he transitioned form being a U.S. Army reservist to serving Active Duty as a Psychological Operations Specialist under the United States Army Special Operations Command. During Williamson’s military career he deployed both to Iraq and Afghanistan, was an airborne paratrooper, and graduated from the Defense Language Institute basic Arabic linguists' course. Williamson is the Co‐Founder and Executive Director of Leave No Veteran Behind, a nonprofit that works to relieve the educational debt of veterans who are serving and have served in the U.S. military. The organization addresses this issue by taking private donations and applying them directly to veterans' student loan accounts. In return, Leave No Veteran Behind requires that all veterans helped through the program give back 100 hours of community service. Williamson’s efforts continue to inspire veterans to use their skills and lack of indebtedness to improve the lives of people in their communities and country.