Meet Our Scholars
Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy/Fuqua School of Business
Eric Nakano was born and raised in a suburb of Southern California. After graduating from high school, he went on to study political science at Penn State Mont Alto and was elected Student Government President his sophomore year. With an eye towards public service, he transferred to the George Washington University his junior year and graduated cum laude with a BA in political science and public policy. In 2007, Eric returned to Los Angeles where he accepted a job as an Associate Director of Development at UCLA. It was near the areas where he grew up and he volunteered for the No on 8 Campaign, organizing communities of faith to vote no on the initiative. Following the passage of Proposition 8, he organized Campaign Boot Camp, the largest campaign training in the state on ballot initiatives to train future leaders in political organizing. Inspired by working with leaders and community organizations that served marginalized people, Eric obtained his Masters in Public Policy at Duke and an MBA to prepare for a career in public service. At Duke, he acquired policy and management skills that will enable him to pioneer new methods of social service delivery. After graduating, Eric went on to serve as a consultant for the largest technology companies in the country helping them grow their business before transitioning to the industry as an executive. Eric now lives in the same community he grew up in and is now running for the city council.