Christopher J. Elliman

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"Christopher J. (Kim) Elliman serves as CEO of the Open Space Institute, a land conservation organization that has protected and/or financed close to 2 million acres and created over 50 new parks or protected areas in the eastern United States.

"Mr. Elliman has worked in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. He worked at a newspaper and in government before joining an alternate energy company, then a private equity firm. He has served as President of Gray, Seifert & Co., and was a Director of Barrett Associates, Inc., both investment management companies. As General Partner of Elmrock Group, a private equity partnership, he was Director and Chairman of Piggly Wiggly Southern, and Director of Fresh Fields Markets, and held the post of President of the Overhills Group, a diversified holding company. He is a director of Thacher Associates and formerly served on the Cherokee International Partners Sustainability Council.

"Mr. Elliman has served on numerous non-profit and foundation boards, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Butler Conservation Fund, Overhills Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Storm King Arts Center, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program, NRDC’s Global Leadership Council, Center for Humans and Nature, the Dalton School, Black Rock Forest Consortium, and Historic Hudson Valley. Mr. Elliman received his B.A. from Yale and serves on Yale University’s Forestry and Environmental Leadership Council." [1]


He is a Rockefeller heir (a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Scales Elliman of Greenwich) who married Nicole Ann Bourgois in 1987. He "is a grandson also of the late Katherine Scales Elliman and of Mrs. Avery Rockefeller of Greenwich and the late Mr. Rockefeller, who was chairman of the investment banking firm of Schroder Rockefeller & Company in New York." [3] His brother is David Elliman. [1]

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  1. Christopher J. Elliman, Garrison Institute, accessed December 2, 2011.
  2. World Conservation Society Trustees, organizational web page, accessed March 9, 2019.
  3. Nicole Bourgois Marries Kim Elliman, NYT, accessed December 2, 2011.