Eliot Hodges earned his BA from Harvard College and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He served as a project manager for UN- and US-funded reconstruction programs in Afghanistan from 2004-2006. These programs included included housing for Afghan returnees as well as clinic and school construction in Northern Afghanistan. In 2006, he headed a program that provided all logistical and operational support to the European Union Election Observation Mission to Afghan parliamentary and provincial elections. In 2007, he worked in Congress on Senator Chuck Hagel's foreign policy team.