Eric Kaufman

President & CEO, The Natural Resilience Fund

Eric Kaufman founded The Natural Resilience Fund, Inc. in August 2013. He is currently the NRF Principal, President and CEO. This 501(c)(3) private not-for-profit corporation advocates for and develops financing strategies to safeguard human life, real estate, critical infrastructure and natural systems from the effects of climate change.

Prior to this on-going effort, Eric and his business partners secured approval from NYC in late 2013 to construct a 630-foot Observation Wheel as the centerpiece of and destination site for the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Special District in St. George, Staten Island. This $500 million public-private partnership is being completely funded by private investment. Construction shall commence by the 2nd Quarter of 2014 with an anticipated opening date of late 2017.

Eric has bought, sold, financed, developed, managed and acted as contractor for well over $1 B in transactions since he began his real estate career in 1982. Through the 1990's he was the #2 at The Carlton Group, a well-known real estate investment banking firm. There he helped start the firm's real estate financing division. Eric has advised the Collegiate Church on their real estate holdings since 1996 and converted 1100 apartments to co-operatives or condominiums in the 1980s. He has an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

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