Chief Executive Officer
Eric Eikenberg is a seasoned political strategist and environmental policy expert who has served since 2012 as CEO of The Everglades Foundation, one of America’s most prestigious environmental non-profits, with a singular focus on restoring and protecting America’s Everglades.
Eikenberg leads a team of renowned scientists, experienced educators, policy experts, and professionals in communications, human resources, finance, and fundraising. By coupling this breadth of expertise with a passion for restoration, The Everglades Foundation is the leading organization in the effort to restore and protect America’s Everglades – the world’s largest ecosystem restoration project.
Eikenberg previously served as chief of staff to former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former U.S. Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr., who authored the landmark Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
A prolific columnist widely quoted by media outlets including National Public Radio, CNN, The Associated Press, Politico, and The Miami Herald, Eikenberg in 2023 was honored for the second time as one of the “Florida Power 100” by City & State Florida. He also has been named one of Florida’s most influential business leaders by Florida Trend, one of the Most Influential People in Florida Politics by Influence Magazine and received South Florida Business & Wealth magazine’s APOGEE Award. He was chosen to serve on a panel of 50 Influential Floridians in 2019 by The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and The Bradenton Herald, and in 2022, received the Guy Harvey Conservation Icon Award from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
A graduate of The American University, Eric, his wife, and four children reside in Palmetto Bay, Florida.