Executive Vice President & General Counsel
It’s an honor and a privilege to be working with a group of people who all share a passion and a vision for improving conditions for those in need.
As Vice-President of Public Policy, Eric Cochling is responsible for managing GCO’s public policy team, which researches, writes, and advocates for public policies that are consistent with GCO’s mission to foster the conditions in which individuals, families, and communities thrive. He also represents the organization in professional forums, conferences, legislative hearings and public speeches.
Eric is a licensed attorney in the State of Georgia and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia where he graduated magna cum laude. He received a juris doctorate and master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University. Prior to joining GCO, Eric was in private practice for eight years focusing on real estate law, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate forms, Wills and estate administration and contract and estate litigation.
Eric serves as Co-Chair of the Individual Rights Section of the State Bar of Georgia and represents GCO on the Governor’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. Eric’s analysis of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission law was published in the John Marshall Law Review. Eric has been interviewed by most of the major news outlets in Georgia on a wide range of issues and his opinion pieces have appeared widely in Georgia.
Prior to going into private practice, Eric worked for a short time at a Washington, DC think tank and as a legislative aide to former minority leader in the Georgia State House of Representatives.
Eric is proud to be a native Georgian. He and his wife Laura have three children and live in Lawrenceville.