As Executive Director of the Minnesota Literacy Council, Eric manages day-to-day and overall operations of the $4 million nonprofit agency. He oversees finance, fundraising and communications, technology, administrative and programmatic activities. Eric serves as primary contact with the Board of Directors and is a member of the Board Executive Committee.
Eric has served in various program and management roles at the Minnesota Literacy Council since 1990, prior to being named executive director in 2000. In addition, he is currently on the Governor's Workforce Development Council. He was a founding member and past president of the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium, and serves on its executive committee. He has also served on the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Policy Task Force, on the ABE Teacher Licensure Task Force and as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Reading Excellence. Eric is a registered lobbyist and former president of Literacy Minnesota, an advocacy group for adult literacy.
Eric began his human services career by serving in the Peace Corps in Haiti and Paraguay. He earned his B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Master’s of International Management from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.