Eric began his career in local government working for the City of Portland. He began working Assistant City Manager of Bend in April 07 and then interim City Manager in November 07 and became City Manager in May 08. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin and has a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from PSU. Eric has been a volunteer with SMART which promotes early childhood literacy, serves on the Visit Bend Board, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Bend. Eric joined the board to fulfill his passion to create an environment in Central Oregon where kids are given the best opportunity to thrive, removing any barriers that stand in the way of that ultimate goal of a successful and healthy life.