Eric L. Motley
2023 Participant · Moderator · Non-Fiction · Memoir
Eric L. Motley, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He previously served as an Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the Aspen Institute. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as the Director of the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Visitors within the Bureau of Public Diplomacy. In 2003, he became Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process in the White House for over 1,200 presidentially appointed advisory board and commission positions. Eric serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morgan Library and Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, Washington National Cathedral, The Cafritz Family Foundation, WETA Board of Trustees, the Bishop Walker School for Boys, and Advisory Board of Planet Word Museum. He is an avid book collector of first editions and rare books. In February 2017, he published a memoir Madison Park, A Place of Hope telling the story of the small community in Montgomery, AL, where he grew up, that was founded in 1880 by a group of freed slaves. Eric earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Samford University. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he earned a Master of Letters in International Relations and a Ph.D. as the John Steven Watson Scholar. In 2022, Eric received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College.
- Madison Park: A Place of Hope