Eric Ward

Executive Director
Western States Center

Eric Ward was appointed the executive director of Western States Center in October 2017.  The Western States Center is a research, organizing, training, and civic engagement hub for grassroots leaders from diverse communities in the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. Before joining the center, Ward served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation and as a program executive at the Atlantic Philanthropies. A published author and oft-cited public speaker, Ward is a Southern Poverty Law Center Fellow and the recipient of the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award, Arab American Association of New York Community Impact Award, and Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. Eric is an awardee of the 2018 Soros New Executive Fund.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

A Movement Is Rising and It’s Not Ours: White Nationalism from Charlottesville to the White House

Once contained, the racist fringe subculture is morphing into a mass movement that has support from nearly one-third of Americans. The white nationalist movement and its “alt-right” coalition is shaping public narrative on national policies, endangering community cohesion, and limiting the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. White nationalism has changed the game, jeopardizing 50 years of equity gains and the vision of an inclusive democracy. Join us to explore the history, strategies and personalities of this movement, examine its impact on American public opinion, and take with you resources and tools for learning more.

Speakers: Eric Ward, Scot Nakagawa