Eric grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Between 2007 and 2009, Eric served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eastern Uganda where he worked on microfinance and community development projects. After returning to the United States, he undertook several studies with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Bureau of Land Management before joining the University of Alaska Southeast. Eric also currently serves as the public member of the Alaska Board of Optometry.
In his free time, Eric greatly enjoys skiing, boating, diving, and coffee.