President Eric Sklar, of St. Helena California was appointed to the Commission in June of 2015. A Napa Valley vineyard owner, entrepreneur and former public official, Eric Sklar and his family have been growing grapes in Napa Valley for over 38 years. He recently founded CS2 Wines and is in the process of seeking approval for a new winery in the Oakville American Viticultural Area of Napa Valley
Eric was co-founder and Managing Partner (2005-2013) of Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford, California. From 2003-2010 he served on the St. Helena City Council – the last two years as Vice-Mayor. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of the Napa Valley Vintners where he served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair, and from 2009-2011 he served as chair of the Napa Valley Vintners’ Community and Industry Issues Committee.
Eric was Chairman and CEO of Burrito Brothers, Inc, a restaurant chain he founded in 1989 based in Washington, DC and sold in 1999. He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Business where he taught courses in entrepreneurship, business strategy and marketing.
Starting his professional career in 1984 as the Assistant Press Secretary to Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, he went on to hold other political positions. Those include Press Advance for Dukakis/Bentsen in 1988; Director and Founder of the American Small Business Alliance; Director and Secretary of The Coalition to Defend Working Families.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1984, a Diploma in Business Studies at the London School of Economics in 1986, and a Master of Business Administration at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1997.
He is a retired volunteer for the St. Helena Fire Department. He has also served on the boards of various organizations including the Napa Valley Transportation Agency, Business for Social Responsibility, the Metropolitan DC Restaurant Association among many others.
Eric is a sailor, hunter and loves backpacking the trails of California. He and his wife Erica live in St. Helena, CA, and have two daughters.
His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2017.