As chief operating officer, Eric directs corporate real estate and oversees the Workplace Services, Information Technology, and Events & Programming teams for Heritage, supporting a workforce of nearly 400 people and 7,000 events and public programs annually in Washington D.C. and across the country.
Through Eric’s leadership, the Operations team provides excellent stewardship of Heritage’s real property and financial resources and delivers exceptional customer experiences across all programs, platforms, and solutions to amplify Heritage’s impact and standing. From high-profile events to cyber security, the Operations team ensures operating and capital investment decisions are aligned to enterprise-wide objectives, while effectively managing risk to protect Heritage’s interests and seeking new opportunities to advance Heritage’s mission, strategic plan, and business results.
Since 2001, Eric has directed numerous initiatives to expand Heritage’s strategic presence and capabilities, with 250,000 square feet of owner-occupied property on Capitol Hill. Major initiatives include the acquisition of several properties, the development of premium office and conference space on the House and Senate sides of the U.S. Capitol, intern-housing facilities, an underground parking garage, historic renovations, new building facades, exterior terraces, security and life-safety systems, and substantial interior renovations, including the construction of auditoriums, television and radio studios. Eric’s corporate real estate responsibilities include master space planning, architectural and interior design, redevelopment and construction management, tenant leasing, and the acquisition and divestiture of assets.
Eric serves on the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District Board of Directors Executive Committee. He also leads Heritage’s community outreach and philanthropic investment in service organizations focused on improving community well-being and providing assistance to local residents. He believes the mission and values of Heritage point us towards service, and partnership with the communities we seek to support through our policies.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C., and has earned certifications from The Wharton School and Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Washington Business Journal “2010 Best Real Estate Deal” award for his work on Heritage’s Pennsylvania Avenue House Annex redevelopment project. Eric began his career at Heritage as an intern in 1998. Originally, from Orange County, California, he lives in Herndon, VA, with his wife and three daughters.