Eric currently serves as Co-Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, the nation’s leading news authority on rankings and expert guidance on life decisions and CEO of Ulysses Ventures, a multi-strategy investment fund that invests in both early and growth stage companies.
Prior to these roles, Eric served as Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and as Managing Director of the Center for Economic Transformation under both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Bill de Blasio. In this role, he was responsible for spurring economic development through programs that promoted industry growth, with an emphasis on innovation, job creation, public-private partnerships, investment funds and industry diversification. He oversaw over 100 initiatives to further these goals and also directed hundreds of millions of dollars of city investments into the local economy.
Prior to his government service, Eric successfully led several technology and media companies. In tech, Eric served as CEO of Altruik (product search optimization), PrimeAxis Media (content aggregation/consumer rankings), and Privista (identity theft protection). In media, Eric has held numerous leadership positions including as President of the three magazines U.S. News, Fast Company and The Atlantic. In this role, he managed day-to-day operations with a focus on expanding the respective brands into new areas, including online and conferences.
He began his career as an attorney with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Eric is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Prying Eyes: Protect Your Privacy From People Who Sell To You, Snoop on You or Steal From You (Random House). He also frequently writes editorials on urban policy issues.
Eric has been actively involved with many non-profit organizations, including as a founding board member of City Year New York. He is a member of YPO-WPO (and past Chair of the New York Metro chapter).