Eric Gudz ‘14 | Chair of the Board of Directors, University of California Davis
Eric brings an eclectic blend of operations management, strategic planning, and local advocacy to SSDP’s National Board of Directors. Prior to reigniting the SSDP chapter network at the University of California – Davis in 2014, Eric served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, dedicated to missions at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Kandahar, Afghanistan. While deployed in combat operations in 2010-2011, Eric led one of the most respected intelligence operations centers in Southern Afghanistan, receiving accolades from Former Secretary of Defense Robert. M. Gates and distinguished Generals during his tour. Specializing in intelligence synthesis targeting, strategic forecasting, and local civic engagement, Eric developed a reputation for being a skilled and reliable manager, dedicated to succeeding in a crucial nexus using well-tailored, interpersonal engagement. Eric’s service in Afghanistan earned him the Bronze Service Star, and his unit received the Presidential Unit Citation.
Post deployment, Eric led a medical rehabilitation unit, giving him an eye-opening view of the ineffectiveness of our drug policies in treating the mental, physical, and psychological wounds of our soldiers. Concluding his service honorably in 2013 as a Captain, Eric sought and found an organization who was dedicated to ending the war on drugs and wasn’t afraid to get their boots dirty either. Eric has been passionately involved in leading efforts to end to the war on drugs ever since, especially when it concerns students’ rights, disadvantaged communities, and barriers to cannabis for combat veterans. Eric is the Chief Operating Officer for Integrate Cal, a Benefit Corporation focused on blending community development with local planning to guide emerging cannabis businesses in Northern California. Eric holds a Master’s of Science in Transportation, Technology, and Policy from the University of California Davis, and he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Conservation Biology and Ecology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.