Eric Schwartz became Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in October 2011. Prior to his appointment he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Before that appointment, he directed the Connect U.S. Fund, a multi-foundation – NGO collaborative that promoted responsible U.S. engagement overseas and was supported by the Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Ford Foundation, among others.
From August 2005 through January 2007, Mr. Schwartz served as the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and, before that, as a lead expert for the congressionally mandated Mitchell-Gingrich Task Force on UN Reform. In 2003 and 2004, he served in Geneva as Chief of the Executive Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Schwartz served at the National Security Council, ultimately as Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral & Humanitarian Affairs. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Schwartz served as Staff Consultant to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his work on the Subcommittee, he was Washington Director of the human rights organization Asia Watch (now Human Rights Watch-Asia).
He has also held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations, and served as a visiting lecturer of public and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.