Eric Nonacs is the Principal at Golden State, a Northern California-based consultancy that provides high-level advisory services to companies, philanthropists, foundations, and NGOs. He draws on over 25 years of international experience in the private and non-profit sectors in partnering with senior leaders to build, transform, and strengthen their businesses and philanthropic initiatives in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere. Eric works directly with founders, CEOs, benefactors, board members, lead investors, and other key stakeholders in both start-up and existing entities to help them move their ideas from conception to implementation, and to navigate the strategic, leadership, communications, and operational challenges they encounter in translating their plans from rhetoric to reality.
From 2010 until 2013, Eric was the Vice President for Alliances and Partnerships at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Previously, he was the Managing Director for Global Affairs at Endeavour Financial, a merchant bank based in Vancouver, Canada. From June 2002 until August 2007, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Eric spent much of the first decade of his career in leadership roles at a number of non-profit organizations active in conflict resolution, institution building, and dialogue efforts in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador, and across post-Communist Europe.
Eric holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MA from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from New York University. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.