H. Eric Schockman was appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger on March 21, 2007, to represent the general public. He serves as the Chair of the California Postsecondary Education Commission since January 1, 2011.
H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D. is the vice president of the California League for Conservation Voters Education Fund. He is also the president and founder of the Global Hunger Foundation. GHF was formed to provide the tools and training for women in the developing countries by providing them access to sustainable, organic agricultural development to address hunger at the grassroots level and advocate for system change. He served as CEO and president of a distinguished national anti-hunger organization for over a decade.
A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman previously served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science for the University of Southern California. He was also a top consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. Dr. Schockman served as founding Chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), an alliance of all major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Schockman was a former Member of both the National Interfaith Hunger Director's Committee and the Alliance To End Hunger. He was on the founding board of directors of the Global FoodBanking Network. He formerly served as Vice-Chair on the California Postsecondary Education Commission from 2009 through 2010 an appointment made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Appointed by California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric has also served on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs. He served in the Peace Crops in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching agricultural and sustainable development.
Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional organizations and synagogues and community groups across the country and is frequently quoted in The Los Angeles Times
, The Chicago Tribune
, The Dallas Morning News
, and other national publications and electronic media.
He has also written several books and edited many articles on politics in California and presented on panels on this same topic.
Dr. Schockman lives with his husband of almost 30 years in Sherman Oaks, California.