Elliott Orrin Hinkle (they/them) is an alumnus of the Wyoming Foster Care System. They are an advocate for youth impacted by child welfare, mental health, and the LGBTQ community as the Principal and Founder of Unicorn Solutions LLC. They graduated from Portland State University (PSU)🪓 🏕 🦄 in June of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies. While completing their degree they worked at the Regional Research Institute (RRI) at PSU as a coach on the My Life and Better Futures Projects.
Nationally they work as a consultant to the National Capacity Building Center for States at ICF International and at JBS International supporting state reviews of their National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) efforts. Since 2014 they have been a trainer of Youth Thrive and are a certified trainer of Youth Thrive for Youth. They have served as Commissioner and Vice Chair to the Oregon Governor’s Child Foster Care Advisory Commission. Previously they worked as a My Life coach and LGBTQ specialist on the PDX-Connect team at New Avenues for Youth in Portland, Oregon. In addition to supporting individuals and organizations as a consultant, they work full-time as the Youth/Young Adult Coordinator for Oregon Healthy Transitions Grant at PSU. Elliott is also a member of the LGBTQ Xchange for Change team and is the Executive Editor and Co-host of the Xchanges podcast.