Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Eric B. Schnurer

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs
President, Public Works

Areas of Interest: Future of government, state government, civil rights, poverty and social programs, government efficiency.


Eric B. Schnurer ’80 has been involved with public policymaking at the highest levels for nearly forty years, starting when he worked in the White House during his time at Brown, writing speeches for President Jimmy Carter. He has served in all three branches of the federal government and for numerous state governments, as a speechwriter, prosecutor, policy advisor, general counsel, and chief-of-staff. — In the private sector he has been a journalist, professor, business executive, and social entrepreneur. Today, he is president and CEO of a policy consulting firm advising members of Congress, governors, mayors and other officials across the country; a regular contributor on the future of government and public policy for several major national and international publications; an adjunct professor of policy at various universities; a sought-after speaker internationally; founder of a start-up social venture providing social services and human-capital investment; and organizer of the GreaterGoodGathering.org.


MPA 2602 Poverty, Redistribution, and the Future of Work