Eric has 15 years of experience working in nonprofits in San Francisco, with a commitment to supporting strategic partnerships and building the capacity of local people and institutions to be their own agents of change. Now as the Director of the Parent Partner Program, he is doing this by working with Latino families around how we can all be more effective advocates and partners for our children’s education.
A native speaker of both Spanish and English, Eric has a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters’ in City Planning Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recently selected to be a part of the Koshland Fellowship, an initiative of the San Francisco Foundation, Eric will be working over the next 5 years with 11 other leaders in the Mission District to support the development and stability of the neighborhood. Prior to arriving at Mission Graduates, Eric was the Special Projects Coordinator at Mission Economic Development Agency—where he worked on multi-organization collective impact initiatives, such Sparkpoint Center and Mission Promise Neighborhood—and at Excelsior Action Group, where he led community planning processes around economic development, safety and arts initiatives with young people and adults in the Excelsior District.
Currently, in addition to his work at Mission Graduates, Eric is also on the Advisory Board of PODER—a grassroots community organizing group in San Francisco working on environmental and economic justice issues—and Community Well, whose objective is to expand access to holistic alternative wellness services, especially mental and maternal health support to a wider range of individuals and families.