Eric is the president and co-founder of Development Seed, where he helps run project strategy and works closely with the team coordinating product development.
Eric is a recognized expert on open data and open source software and has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Nightline, NPR, Federal Computer Week, and others. He is frequently invited to speak on topics including open data, web-based mapping tools, knowledge management, and open source business models and has presented at conferences such as SXSW, Web 2.0, Where 2.0, GOSCON, and DrupalCon. Eric was also a winner of the Federal 100 award for his contributions to government technology in 2009 and last year chaired a roundtable discussion at the United Nations Private Sector Forum on technology’s role in improving education.
Eric earned his master’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC, and has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and international relations. He co-founded Development Seed while researching technology access and microfinance in Peru. Before starting Development Seed, Eric was a journalist in Washington, DC writing on the environment and national security.