Erik Lee │ Executive Director
Erik Lee is Executive Director of the North American Research Partnership and is co-editor and author of The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition (2015), 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.