Erik Godwin began his career as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, conducting financial and economic analyses on environmental issues. From there he joined the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, where he was the principal White House regulatory analyst on policies involving energy (fossil, renewable, and nuclear), pesticides, radiation, and indoor air. He left at the end of the Clinton administration to become an executive-branch lobbyist on environmental, petrochemical, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and health issues. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University. He continues to consult for federal agencies on regulatory policy, benefit-cost analysis, environmental policy, budgetary systems, and strategic information control.
Erik Godwin received his BA from Wake Forest University, completed post-baccalaureate research in environmental economics at Oxford University, and received an MPP from the University of Michigan. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina.