Born and raised in Washington,
D.C., Erik began working in museums in his early teens. He has extensive
experience in curation, strategic planning, and collections management
for transportation museums. In addition to his staff experience,
Erik has also worked in all aspects of governance for museums and
historic preservation organizations.
Prior to founding HMS,
Erik served as Director of International Programs and Ethics at
the American Alliance of Museums. He led AAM’s response to the Nazi-era
asset issue from 2003 through 2009, overseeing the design, development
and launch of AAM's Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal. In 2008
and 2009 he facilitated the development of AAM's Guidlines Regarding
Archological Matrial and Ancient Art. With
Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director of AAM's Center for the Future
of Museums, he co-wrote a bimonthly column on museum ethics for
AAM's flagship magazine, MUSEUM.
Looting and repatriation issues continue to be a major interest,
and Erik welcomes inquiries about teaching, public speaking and
participating in panels on these topics.
Erik holds an M.Phil.
in History from Yale University and an M.A. and B.A. in History
and History of Science respectively from the Johns Hopkins University.