Erik Cherkaski is a project manager for OCED. In this capacity, Erik oversees initiatives focused on manufacturing and industry development, including the San Joaquin Valley Regional Industry Clusters Initiative and Central Valley AgPLUS Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium, an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designated area. Erik also provides support in the coordinator of clean energy sponsored projects with an emphasis on electric vehicle expansion and outreach, and works with the finance director in maintaining various fiscal activities for the organization.
Erik originally hails from the East Coast, living in New York City and New Hampshire before moving to the Valley to attend college. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2011, and a Master of Public Administration in 2013, both from California State University, Fresno. Prior to joining the OCED team, Erik volunteered as an office assistant for the City of Clovis Finance Department, and was California State Assembly intern for the 31st district through the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute. He has also served as an energy correspondent for a Bay Area based nonprofit, where he studied and reported on energy related issues in Fresno County.