The current members of the Board are:

  • Eric Banks
  • Erich Shiners
  • Arthur A. Krantz
  • Lou Paulson

Eric Banks

Board Member

Prior to his appointment, Eric Banks was a partner at Ten Page Memo, LLC, providing organizational consulting services. From 2001 to 2013, he worked for Service Employees International Union, Local 221, representing public employees in San Diego and Imperial Counties. There, he was the first openly gay person to be elected President. He also served as Advisor to the President and Director of Government and Community Relations. Before moving to California, he was dedicated to advancing education, service delivery, and public policy for people living with HIV/AIDS. He served as Policy Associate for State Government Affairs at the New York AIDS Coalition in Albany, NY, from 2000 to 2001 and worked for the Southern Tier AIDS Program in Upstate New York from 1993 to 2000 as Case Manager, Assistant Director of Client Services, and Director of Client Services. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in 1993. 


Erich Shiners

Board Member

Prior to his service on the Board, Erich Shiners represented and advised public agency employers in labor and employment matters, including many cases before PERB. Most recently he was Senior Counsel at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, and before that he was a partner at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai. Shiners served as Legal Advisor to former PERB Chair Alice Dowdin Calvillo from 2008 to 2011, and while in law school held summer internships at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in Sacramento.

Shiners is a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and a co-editor-in-chief of its publication, California Public Sector Labor Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Sacramento State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Arthur A. Krantz

Board Member

For more than 20 years prior to his appointment, Krantz represented unions, employees and nonprofits in litigation, arbitration and administrative cases, and he worked on law reform, organizing, negotiation, and strategic campaigns to effect social change. Krantz did this work as an associate and partner at Leonard Carder, LLP.

Krantz is a pro bono asylum attorney and an Executive Committee Member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (formerly the State Bar of California). He is a frequent presenter at conferences and has contributed to numerous publications. Krantz has mentored many public interest attorneys and stakeholders in labor-management relations. He also has served as a lecturer and practitioner-adviser at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Krantz received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root Tilden Public Interest Scholar. As a student, Krantz worked in his college dining hall and was a shop steward for UNITE HERE Local 35, as well as a member of the union’s contract negotiating committee. After law school, Krantz served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ellen Bree Burns at the United States District Court, District of Connecticut.

Lou Paulson

Board Member

Prior to his appointment Lou Paulson served as the President of the California Professional Firefighters and as Vice President of the California Labor Federation. He also had a 34 year career in the Fire Service, 26 of those with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Paulson has participated on many Local and National Boards and Commissions including the UC Berkeley Labor Center Advisory Board and the National Fire Protection Board of Directors. Paulson has lectured and taught nationally and internationally on labor relations and leadership. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from San Francisco State University.