Mike has served as mayor since Brooklyn Center elected him in 2018. His guiding values are prosperity, accountability, equity, and inclusion for all. Mike’s vision for Brooklyn Center is a city where everyone thrives, no matter their background.
Mayor Elliott’s first term has been one of the most challenging times in our city’s history. He’s led our city through a pandemic, a political uprising and public safety crisis, and economic downturn. On April 11, 2021 the international stoplight turned on Brooklyn Center when Daunte Wright was killed. Mayor Mike acted swiftly, guided us through the crisis, with the goal of preserving our city and human rights, and brought us landmark community-led public safety changes to keep everyone safe.
Mike was born in Liberia, and grew up on his grandmother’s rice farm in his early years. Mayor Elliott immigrated to the United States in 1994 at age 11 with his four-year-old brother, after escaping the civil war. Mayor Elliott talks about the experience of “running from place to place during the war, not knowing where our next meal would come from. "My Grandmother carried me on her back through the forest”. He attended Palmer Lake Elementary, Northview Middle School, and graduated from Brooklyn Center Jr./Sr. high school, then graduated with a BA in International Management and Political Science at Hamline University.