Eric is a Visiting Fellow at the Interactivity Foundation. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Governance from James Madison University (JMU), where he teaches a course for the School of Nursing built around community engagement. Eric has served as a restorative justice facilitator, a story exchange facilitator for the organization Narrative4, and an Affiliate Facilitator with the Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue at JMU where he has been involved in and led several community-based processes. He worked internationally in Indonesia and Uganda, for a total of five years, focusing on community engagement and peacebuilding. Eric is currently the Board Chair for Gemeinschaft Home, a residential reentry and support center for justice involved individuals from around the State of Virginia. Eric’s professional interests include community engagement, community building, sustained dialogue, and exploring/strengthening democracy, with research interests in incarceration and community reentry.
Eric lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his wife and two kids. He loves woodworking (mostly making sawdust and scrap wood), explaining to his wife why he needs more tools, thrift-store shopping, and making cocktails.