Eric Motley

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Eric L Motley
Eric Lamar Motley

CitizenshipUnited States
EducationRobert E. Lee High School, Samford University (1996)
Alma materPh.D, Political Philosophy/International Rel., 1996–2000, University of St. Andrews
OccupationNonprofit Executive
EmployerAspen Institute

Eric Lamar Motley (born 1972)[1] is the Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Aspen Institute.

Early life and education[edit]

Eric was born near Montgomery, Alabama, United States and grew up in the Madison Park community (Montgomery, AL).[2]

Motley earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Samford University in 1996. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of St Andrews, he earned a Master of Letters in International Relations and a Ph.D. in International Relations as the John Steven Watson Scholar.


He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Aspen Institute. He formerly served as Executive Director of National Programs, Vice President and Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellows Program[3] as well as the Executive Director of the Aspen-Rockefeller Foundation’s Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process.[4]

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as director of the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. The office had a 100-person staff and a budget that exceeded $80 million. Prior to that, he had served as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process in the White House for over 1,200 presidentially-appointed advisory board and commission positions. He joined the White House staff as Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel in 2001 at the age of 27 immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University. He was the youngest appointee by the George W. Bush Administration.[2]

Motley sits on numerous national and Washington, DC boards. He is involved in the arts and humanities and is a book collector. In June 2006, his life story was featured in the Washington Post as part of the series “Being a Black Man in America.”


  • Madison Park: A Place of Hope (2017, Zondervan, ISBN 978-0310349631)


  1. ^ Motley, Eric. Madison Park: A Place of Hope (1st ed.). Zondervan. p. 15. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b Haygood, Wil (June 11, 2006). "A Path All His Own For Eric Motley, the Measure of a Man Isn't His Politics". The Washington Post. p. A01.
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