Legislative and Policy Liaison, Community and Economic Development/Enlace legislativo y de políticas
Eric Armacanqui is from Madison, WI, but has lived in the Twin Cities since 2008. Eric’s father was born and raised in Peru, but immigrated to the United States in order to attend the University of Minnesota. Eric’s mother comes from a proud farming town in Northwest Iowa. His aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents help support the thriving Peruvian community in Madison, as well as ensuring that the indigenous Quechua language remains strong through storytelling and song.
In 2016, Eric earned his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. There, Eric worked as a graduate teaching assistant for a course on organizational behavior and public policy. Eric applied this knowledge to inform his Master’s thesis on the Islamic State’s (ISIL) governance and bureaucracy. He was proud to win the thesis of the year award and present his research to the United States Department of State’s Counterterrorism Bureau. Eric is excited to bring his extensive research background and policy experience to the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs.