For four years before joining SIA, Erik was the director of the Washington, D.C.-based government relations office on behalf of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a bipartisan think-tank focused on ways to improve U.S. foreign policy. Prior to that, Erik served in multiple appointed positions at the U.S. Department of State for the first six years of the Obama Administration, including positions of both senate director and legislative director in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. In those roles, he worked closely with Congress to get legislation adopted to support several international agreements which enhanced U.S. economic opportunity and national security. Erik also served for five years as the congressional liaison for the Congressionally-created and mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. In 1999, Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. with his home-state Senator Tom Daschle. He worked for Democratic Leader Daschle for five years, of which four were spent working with the Senate Democratic caucus on the Leader’s Senate floor staff team.
Erik is originally from Sioux Falls, S.D. and currently lives in Arlington, V.A. with his wife and son. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
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