Erik Anastos grew up in Arlington, VA and attended the University of Southern California on an NROTC scholarship for his undergraduate education. He majored in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Petroleum Engineering. After graduating in 2015, Erik commissioned as Naval Officer with his designation as a Surface Warfare Officer. Erik completed two sea-tours during his 5 years in the Navy, including serving as the Main Propulsion Officer onboard USS PREBLE (DDG 88) based out of Pearl Harbor, HI and as the Operations Officer onboard USS WHIRLWIND (PC 11) based out of Manama, Bahrain. He separated from the Navy in September of 2020 to pursue his MBA full-time at Columbia Business School. Erik will be interning in 2021 as a summer investment banking associate at Barclays.