Eric S. Lee 

For over twenty years, Eric has developed innovative solutions to address problems in urban planning, community and economic development, and criminal justice. He is a trusted advisor to not-for-profit executives, elected officials, and senior government staff in New York and nationally. At Bennett Midland, Eric has advised the mayors in Memphis and New Orleans about the development and implementation of public safety policies; spearheaded the firm’s staffing model and operational management practice; and helped a number of new or maturing non-profit organizations—including the Innocence Project and Friends of the High Line—develop pragmatic, data-driven plans for strategic growth.

Before founding the firm, Eric served as a senior policy advisor for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he developed initiatives that strengthened New York’s public safety policies, contributing to a historic drop in crime. Eric led the development of new programs addressing prisoner reentry, and expanded the use of DNA to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of violent criminals.

Prior to working in the Mayor’s Office, Eric was a founding director of the Center for Court Innovation, a public and private partnership that promotes new thinking about how courts and communities solve difficult problems like addiction, quality-of-life crime, domestic violence, and child neglect.

Eric has been a pioneer in using information technology to improve decision-making, operations, and outcomes in the public sector. For New York City, Eric was responsible for implementing a system to integrate data across city, county, and state criminal justice agencies, resulting in a national model for information sharing.

Earlier in his career, Eric worked as an economic development planner in Los Angeles and New York City. Eric serves on the board of directors of the Citizens Union of the City of New York and is a member of the planning committee of the Municipal Art Society.

Eric holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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