Trustee; Chief Operating Officer (retired), Petner Asset Management
Elliott is the retired Chief Operating Officer for Petner Asset Management, LLC, a hedge fund where she specialized in investment management operations. Prior to her work with Petner Asset Management, she was a senior vice president and chief operating officer with the New York investment firm Lynch & Mayer Inc.
Elliott has the distinction of having made the largest personal donation to the Colleges by a William Smith alumna. Her gift, made in 2005, has financed the new Katherine D. Elliott ’66 Studio Arts Building on the Houghton House grounds. The new structure, opened in August 2006, provides 14,600 square feet of space for classrooms and offices as well as studios for painting and photography, and shops for printing, wood and metal. The project represents a metamorphosis for the art department.
Elliott, with her life partner Richard Seth Abramson shares a long standing commitment to the arts and education. A Juilliard graduate, musician, audio engineer and teacher, Abramson is an able associate and collaborator with Elliott's work as a board member of Education Through Music Inc, a non-profit organization that enhances educational programs at inner-city elementary schools in the New York metropolitan area.
A member of the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees since 1996, Elliott has served on the enrollment management, education and appointments, investments, and student life committees. A Wheeler Society member, she received alumnae citations in 1991 and 2001.
Elliott's history with the Colleges spans generations. Her father, the late William Elliott, served as an HWS trustee. His gift led to the construction of the William Elliott Varsity House. The scholarship he endowed in memory of his father, Lewis H. Elliott, Class of 1898, has provided more than 80 awards to students.