Eric L. Motley is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellows Program, a program centered on developing the next generation of community-spirited leaders. He also serves as Executive Director of the Aspen-Rockefeller Foundation’s Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process. Eric previously served as the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors within the bureau of Public Diplomacy. He was Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process in the White House for over 1,200 advisory board and commission positions appointed by the President.
Eric’s civic involvement includes leadership roles with a wide range of local, state and national organizations, including the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC; the Grolier Club of New York City; Young Concert Artists; the Manuscript Society of America; Samford University, his alma mater; and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He serves on the Board of Directors of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Affinity Labs in San Francisco, The Inter-American Development Bank Foundation, The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s National Council, and the Chapter Board of the Washington National Cathedral.
Eric earned a bachelor’s degree at Samford University and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and John Steven Watson Scholar.