Eric Eide is the Director of International Trade for the Mayor of Los Angeles. In this role, he works to increase international business activity, facilitate the import and export of goods, and attract investment to Los Angeles. Previously, he served as an Advisor for Strategic Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where he directed engagement with U.S.-based entrepreneurs, firms, universities, think tanks, and diaspora communities that had interests in South and Central Asia. Also at the State Department, Eric engaged in the strategic development of foreign policy goals addressing the bilateral U.S.-India relationship. In a prior role, Eric represented the U.S. Small Business Administration with the startup community and improved the overall performance of a $2.5 billion federal program that funds early stage technology companies. Eric holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
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