Eric S. Lee

Founder & President

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 elected officials, senior government staff, and not-for-profit executives in New York and nationally.

At Bennett Midland, Eric has advised numerous municipal leaders, including mayors in Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, and Newark, on the development and implementation of public safety policies. Eric has served as a strategic thinking partner to leading national foundations, among them Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Eric has helped a number of new and established non-for-profit organizations—including the Innocence Project, Friends of the High Line, the New Museum, Sanctuary for Families, and Spark MicroGrants—develop pragmatic, data-driven plans for growth.

Before founding Bennett Midland, Eric served as a senior policy advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In this capacity, he developed initiatives that strengthened New York’s public safety policies, contributing to a historic drop in crime. 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 serves on the board of directors of Transit Center and the Center for an Urban Future. Eric holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System

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Health and Well-Being, Justice