Eric serves as Senior Director of Government Affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a global company that makes medicines for pets and food-producing animals. Before joining Elanco, he served in government affairs for Kraft Foods, as senior professional staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry under the leadership of three Chairmen, and as a political appointee at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for two Secretaries of Agriculture. He also served as a law clerk with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, in government affairs with the National Association of Wheat Growers, and began his career as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center.
Eric grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near Berne, Indiana. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University, and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law. His international experience includes study abroad in Poland (semester), Honduras (summer), and South Africa (semester), and he’s visited 19 countries.
Eric lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and their two children. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center, on the International Executive Board of FarmHouse Fraternity, as a Deacon at Alfred Street Baptist Church, and he moonlights as a portrait and family photographer.
Eric’s personal vision: “To build bridges between all people to ensure adequate food for our world.”