H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D. is the president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a position he has held since January 2001. Established in 1985, MAZON is a national nonprofit organization that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.
A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman previously served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science for the University of Southern California. He was also a top consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. Dr. Schockman presently serves as Chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), an alliance of all major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Schockman is a Member of both the National Interfaith Hunger Director’s Committee and the Alliance To End Hunger. He was recently elected to the founding board of directors for the newly launched Global FoodBanking Network. He currently sits on the California Postsecondary Education Commission, an appointment made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Appointed by California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric has also served on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs. He served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching agricultural and sustainable development.
Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional organizations and synagogues and community groups across the country and is frequently quoted in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR and other national publications and electronic media.
He has also written several books and edited many articles on politics in California and presented on panels on this same topic. Dr. Schockman was a founder of the New Leaders Project, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles that provides young Jews with training in social action. He is a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Los Angeles.
Dr. Schockman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California. Dr. Schockman lives in Sherman Oaks, California.