Dr. Eric L. Motley

Eric L. Motley, Ph.D., is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Institutional Advancement and governance.  He previously served as Vice President and Executive Director of National Programs. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors. In 2003, he became 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.

Eric serves on the Board of Directors of Barry-Wehmiller Companies; The James Madison Council of the Library of Congress; the Library Cabinet for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mt. Vernon; Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize; The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s National Council; The John F. Kennedy Centennial Memorial Task Force; National Advisory Board of Honored, Young Concert Artists; Advisory Board of Planet Word Museum; Board of Overseers of Samford University. and is a former member of the Chapter of Washington National Cathedral.

Eric is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation and Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

In February 2017, he published a memoir, Madison Park, A Place of Hope, telling the story of where he grew up – a small community in Montgomery, Ala., that was founded in 1880 by a group of freed slaves.

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