Elliott Friedlander is the Research Director of the randomized control trial of Literacy Boost in Rwanda. He earned both his MA and PhD from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, focusing on children's literacy in the developing world. Elliott began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer, living for two years in a rural village in Lesotho, Africa. 

In 2008, Elliott co-designed the Literacy Boost program with colleagues at Save the Children, a program that has been implemented in over 30 countries to date. His research interests center on improving learning and literacy development in impoverished areas of the developing world. Building upon significant first-hand experience conducting research in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali,Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Uganda, Elliott founded Friedlander Research in 2015.