Erika Brockmann completed her BA in psychology and later pursued graduate studies in gender, political science and democracy studies. She was a member of the Bolivian national parliament between 1997 and 2005 as a member of the Revolutionary Left Movement (Social Democrat).
She was the fourth woman senator ever in Bolivia history, presiding over the Senate Commission for Decentralization and Local Development for five years. She was responsible for proposing and sponsoring important legislative initiatives in municipal, territorial and gender equality issues.
Erika currently forms part of the National Democratic Institute’s international team of master trainers, participates in the PRISMA Institute Council, is a Spanish-language syndicated columnist, serves as a consultant and facilitator for inter-party political strengthening processes and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She is the founder of the Gregoria Apaza Promotion Center and the National Political Women’s Forum and is member of the Women’s Coordinator. Ms Brockmann has also been recognized, along with others, for her 25-year contribution to building democracy, for which she earned a medal of democratic merit from the University Mayor de San Andrés.
Born in Los Angeles California in 1933, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann was ordained a Maryknoll priest and through the 1970s was a teacher, writer and liberation theologian. After Pope John Paul II had refuted liberation theology, Brockmann joined the Sandinistas movement and later government of Nicaragua and became foreign minister. He was later disciplined by the church for joining politics and was stripped of his priestly duties and privileges.
From September 2008-2009 Brockmann was President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The largely ceremonial post is passed from one region of the world to another.
Being a college student, sports are the only thing that are a constant throughout the day that is avalible at all times. And with the constant sports all around me at University, I couldn't help but notice a 6 foot 7 inch Power Forward University of Washington basketball team that happened to share the same last name, and managed to lead UW to the it's first regular season Pac-10 title in 23 years.
Jon Brockman, is the all-time leading rebounder for UW and second all-time in scoring, managed Sports Star of the Year by the Seattle Post-Intelligencier while leading UW to a NCAA Tournament birth.
Now following UW's run in the NCAA tournament with a 2nd round loss to Purdue 76-74, (which severly crippled my NCAA Bracket) the news about Mr. Brockman seemed to have fallen off the map, well alteast in the national media it did. Then the 2009 NBA draft came along, and with it the massive media attention to NCAA basketball players coming out of college and NCAA players who had graduated to join the NBA.
Of course as a casual NBA fan I completely forgot about the NBA draft and when I woke up the next morning, I noticed the draft grades given by ESPN.com, and noticed that the Sacramento Kings were given a solid "B" grade for their draft, but what startled me was that Jon Brockman had been acquired by them. Jon was drafted in the 2nd round 38th overall, by the Portland Trailblazers, but then was traded to the Kings.
What does this mean? Well it means that the name 'Brockman' will not be foreign to sports video games, which are a focal point in every guys college life. So now no longer will my created 5 foot 7 inch point guard for the Boston Celtics be called "Number 7" or "the Point Guard" but may be called "Brockman". Above all I would like to wish Jon a sucessful career and hopefully some serious playing time for the Kings.