Eric was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. Growing up in a very conservative community, Eric quickly understood the challenges of openly identifying as LGBTQ in the South. After high school, he spent a year studying in Changzhou, China on a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. This experience kindled Eric’s interests in international affairs and Chinese, which he continues to study at the George Washington University.

As a student in college, Eric’s goal is to bring positive change for members of the LGBTQ community on campus. In 2015 and 2016, he served as a Campus Ambassador for the Out for Undergrad conferences, which seek to help high-achieving LGBTQ undergraduates reach their full potential in the workplace. As a Senator on the GW Student Association, Eric has worked on initiatives such as installing gender-neutral bathrooms, altering the GW Student Association constitution to include gender-neutral pronouns, and requiring diversity and inclusion training for student organization leaders. In his free time, Eric serves as the Program Director for Project LET’S Go – a nonprofit that provides English educational opportunities for disadvantaged communities overseas.

Despite his background, Eric hopes to work someday in the field of politics or finance, while continuing his commitment to the LGBTQ community and interest in China.