Eric Holmes

Guest Artist

Eric has worked at all levels of government over the course of his career, from congressional offices in Washington DC to local governments in the metro area and throughout Clark County. For the last 20 years, he has held a range of public and private sector leadership positions, including the last 16 years with the city of Vancouver, 13 of which as Vancouver’s city manager. During this tenure, Vancouver has seen transformative growth through urbanization, a larger and more resilient economy and dramatic increase in community diversity.

Eric serves on the board of the Washington State City Manger’s Association, where in 2021 he was recognized for Excellence in Municipal Management. He also serves as a member of the WSU Vancouver Campus Advisory Council as well as on the Portland State University Local Government Advisory committee for the Public Administration degree program.

Eric has a bachelor’s in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark college, as well as a range of credentials in areas such as organizational leadership, strategic planning, economic development and complex negotiations. A native of the pacific northwest, Eric and his family have lived in Vancouver for more than 25 years.