Erik Lee │ Executive Director
Erik Lee is Executive Director of the North American Research Partnership and is co-editor and author of the State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region (2013) and “Realizing the Strategic National Value of Our Trade, Tourism and Ports of Entry with Mexico” (2013). He is also co-editor of Latino Politics and Arizona’s Immigration Law SB 1070 (2013) and The U.S.-Mexican Border Environment: Progress and Challenges for Sustainability (2012) and served as managing editor for North America Next: A Report to President Obama on Building Sustainable Security and Competitiveness (2009). He received his master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. His work and commentary have been featured by a variety of media outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times, The Economist, Fronteras: A Changing America Desk (public radio), the Arizona Republic, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the El Paso Times.
Rick Van Schoik │Portfolio Director
Rick Van Schoik is the Portfolio Director of the North American Research Partnership (NARP). His portfolios are transborder energy, sustainability, and security and their intersection. He was previously the Director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University and of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP). He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a SEAL until returning to graduate school at the California State University at San Diego. He has authored numerous reports, articles, and chapter on ecological integrity and environmental quality, clean energy and climate security, and implementation of technology to improve security and processing of flows at ports of entry. He is based in San Diego.
Ruth Soberanes │Research Analyst and Communications Manager
Ruth Soberanes joined the North American Research Partnership in December 2013 as a research analyst & communications manager. She holds a Master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School in Madrid and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish from the University of San Diego. As an undergraduate student, she worked at USD’s Trans-border Institute as a student assistant and participated in multiple educational exchange programs, including IES European Union Semester Program in Freiburg, Germany and the ITESO Summer program in Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon graduation, she ventured to China to work at the Shanghai World Expo Mexico Pavilion. Her interests include U.S. foreign policy, international education, & economic development issues. She is an active member of the Phoenix Torero Club and Arizona Global Ties.