Eric Eikenberg to lead Everglades Foundation
Former Charlie Crist chief of staff Eric Eikenberg is leaving Holland & Knight soon to become the chief executive officer of the Everglades Foundation.
“Eric impressed us from the first moment we met. He has a deep understanding of what it takes to achieve success both in Washington and Tallahassee and he has the leadership skills that will help the Foundation continue to be at the forefront of Everglades restoration,” said Paul Tudor Jones, II, Everglades Foundation chairman.
Eikenberg has been working as senior policy adviser for Holland & Knight since shortly Crist left the GOP during his senate campaign and previously worked as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw.
"I am honored to join the Everglades Foundation as its next chief executive officer,” said Eikenberg. “The mission is simple: Save the Everglades. It is the source of water for more than 7 million Floridians and a driver of our economy. What we do now, will determine whether our generation leaves future generations with a vibrant, healthy, River of Grass.”
“Throughout my time in government, I thoroughly enjoyed working on Everglades issues at the federal and state level,” said Eikenberg, who starts the new gig July 1, succeeding Kirk Fordham. “I am eager to re-engage on the many issues facing the Everglades. The Everglades Foundation is the premier voice when it comes to Everglades restoration. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, dedicated staff, supporters and diverse stakeholders who all strive everyday to restore the Everglades."