As director of operations for The Heritage Foundation, Eric Korsvall provides leadership for our administration, events, and information systems teams as well as overseeing our real estate investments on Capitol Hill.
Korsvall’s responsibilities include all real estate and building operations, architectural and interior design, construction initiatives, oversight of commercial and residential tenants, building and event security, emergency preparedness and community relations.
Under Korsvall’s leadership, Heritage more than doubled its Hill real estate to 160,000 square feet. He managed the 2003 addition and renovation of the Johnson Building, adjacent to the think tank’s longtime headquarters at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Also that year, his team developed four floors of residential intern housing, which is now leased and operated by an affiliated organization.
In 2007 and 2008, Korsvall managed the painstaking replacement of the entire façade of Heritage’s headquarters building and subsequent landscaping of the grounds. The eye-catching new face of the building is a classical composition of Indiana limestone, set off by a sophisticated landscaping scheme. One feature is a striking bronze sculpture of an American eagle alighting on its perch among trees on the east side of the entrance plaza. Long-time Heritage supporters donated the sculpture.
These improvements dramatically improve Heritage’s presence in an historic neighborhood, while delivering a strong statement to our primary audience across the avenue that we are a permanent institution on Capitol Hill.
Over the same timeframe and into 2010, Korsvall managed acquisition and rehabilitation of a historic but abandoned building at 227 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, on the House side of the Capitol.
The project doubled the square footage of the building by adding two usable floors while substantially restoring the façade and replacing the storefront to reflect historical references. The entire interior was renovated, creating conference space to serve the needs of members of Congress and their staffs. The annex opened for business Sept. 14, 2010 and has been a hub of activity ever since.
Also in 2010, Korsvall directed the acquisition and renovation of two row houses near Heritage’s headquarters for leasing to our sister organization, Heritage Action for America.
Korsvall and his staff also focus on improving efficiency and streamlining multi-site operations to better serve all Heritage employees and advance the think tank’s mission. He works to identify opportunities and use existing resources to reduce overhead costs across his departments, including day-to-day maintenance and security operations; more than 5,000 annual on-site events and meetings; and the high-volume print production and mailroom operations so vital to reaching Heritage’s members and target audience.
Before assuming his current role, Korsvall was the project coordinator in Heritage’s Coalition Relations Department, advancing initiatives with conservative allies and editing Policy Experts 2000. He first came to Heritage as an intern in 1998.
Korsvall holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from American University in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Orange County, Calif., he currently resides in Herndon, Va., with his wife Erin and their two daughters.