Elise Atkins is Chief of Staff in the Office of Technology Transitions. She serves to drive forward the missions of the office, support its programs and stakeholder relationships, and promote partnership and commercialization efforts.
She most recently served in the Department’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, directing external affairs. In this role, Elise acted as a liaison, engaging public and private constituencies and highlighting Department-wide initiatives.
Ms. Atkins practiced law for fourteen years, serving as a city attorney and advisor to the city electric department and its various boards and commissions. She has extensive experience advising business clients, in contract and transactional work, and defense litigation.
She also has nearly a decade of experience in federal government outreach and consulting on public policy initiatives.
She earned her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and undergraduate business administration degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi.