Erick was born and raised in New Haven, where he currently lives with his husband, Chris. His father, who was a paratrooper in the Army and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and his mother, originally from Germany, moved to New Haven seeking better opportunities for their young family. With what little resources they had, they started a small convenience store in New Haven which Erick grew up working in. His parents worked tirelessly to provide better opportunities for him and his siblings, which allowed him to be the first person in his family to graduate from college and then law school, both here in Connecticut.
Since graduating, Erick has been practicing as an attorney at a prestigious Connecticut law firm where he is a partner in the firm’s Public and Private Finance Group. Erick practice focuses on representing municipalities, state agencies and the state in financing critical infrastructure projects, such as schools, affordable housing, child care facilities, and transportation infrastructure, managing debt and restructuring pension obligations. Much of this work has been directly through the Office of the Treasurer, which has allowed Erick a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and the perspective to see how the position can be used to make meaningful change in our State.
In addition to his professional work, Erick has been an active member in the community, serving the Democratic Party on the local, state and national level for the past 10 years, advocating for marginalized communities, and serving as a mentor, particularly to Black and LGBTQ+ youth.
Erick has seen firsthand the importance of breaking the racial and generational wealth gap and the need to take bold steps to establish programs that promote financial and economic stability for all people. That’s why he's running for Treasurer and why he's so passionate about this work.