Meet the Diversity Director
Throughout a distinguished career, Eric Abrams has gained a national reputation as a gifted administrator and outstanding public speaker who has consistently placed the needs of students first and foremost.
Born in Berkeley, Abrams spent his childhood in the Bay Area and Chicago before matriculating at Stanford, where he majored in political science and drama and served on the student senate as ell as acting in and directing a number of student theatrical productions.
As a graduate student at UCLA, Abrams studied political science, as well as being elected Secretary of the Black Graduate Student Association. Shortly thereafter, he began his career in admission at the University of Southern California.
He has been successful in a number of different settings; during his tenure as Director of Admission at Pitzer College, the school had the largest applicant pool it had ever had, the mean GPA and SAT scores of the entering class were the highest in the College's history, and the entering class was the most ethnically diverse in the history of the College. At Berkeley Law, he was fortunate to be a part of a team that met with a great deal of success; enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups increased by more than 600% during his time there.
In two stints in the Stanford MBA Admission Office, Abrams led efforts that helped that institution become the most ethnically diverse of the nation's most selective MBA programs; in addition, he served as both an academic advisor to undergraduate students as well as a Resident Fellow in an undergraduate residence.
Most recently, he served as Assistant Dean for Diversity Outreach in Stanford's Office of Undergraduate Admission. In this role, he supervised a team of professionals charged with enhancing the diversity of the Stanford undergraduate population. Over 55% of the undergraduates matriculating at Stanford in the last three years are students of color, and the last three entering classes have included upwards of 15% who describe themselves as first-generation college students.
Abrams has led workshops on topics such as public speaking for admissions professionals, outreach to students from underrepresented communities, and working with student groups at the annual meetings of both the Graduate Management Admissions Council and the Law School Admission Council. He is member of the Finalist Selection Committee for the Harry S Truman Scholarship Program, and he has also served as a faculty member at the annual Truman Scholars Leadership Week for much of the last decade. While working in MBA admission, he served as a member of the Diversity Advisory Group of the Graduate Management Admissions Council; at Boalt Hall, he spent three years as a member of the Misconduct in the Admission Process Subcommittee of the Law School Admission Council. Recently, he resigned his post as Co-Chair of ABAFAOILSS, the Association of Black Admission and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools.
He met his wife, Donna, when she was a third-year student in the joint MBA-MPH program at Haas; they live in Oakland with their two teenage sons. Abrams is a huge sports fan, a beginning motorcyclist, and an avid barbecue pitmaster.