Eric Eve is a veteran public policy strategist with extensive experience in government relations, regulatory affairs, community relations and finance in New York, Washington, and internationally. Having held senior roles in both public and private sectors, he is well-known as an effective, knowledgeable and insightful counselor with trusted professional relationships around the globe.
In 2015, Mr. Eve, along with Karen Hancox, a seasoned campaign and public policy strategist, founded Ichor Strategies. Prior to launching Ichor, Mr. Eve was Managing Partner at Finsbury where he created then led the Global Public Affairs practice. With Finsbury, Mr. Eve successfully crafted communications strategies for major corporations managing through crises and various transactions where government played a material role.
Before Finsbury, Mr. Eve led New York City’s chief fiscal office as First Deputy Comptroller. Charged with ensuring the fiscal health of the City, he managed the team of 714 employees and operating budget of $66 million. He oversaw the Accounting, Asset Management ($119.9 billion on June 30, 2011), Audit, Claims and Prevailing Wage organizations for the City, in addition to the Contract and Public Finance bureaus of the Comptroller's office. As the primary architect of New York’s largest sale of debt to European investors (October 2010) and Pension Investment Reform Plan (October 2011), Mr. Eve developed innovative approaches to some of New York City’s most significant challenges.
From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Eve served as Senior Vice President of Citigroup Global Community Relations. In that capacity, he advised major lines of business on qualitative risks facing the franchise globally, while leveraging their resources to address local needs. Under his leadership, Citigroup implemented pioneering global programs focused on proactive outreach to consumer advocates. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and to sixteen countries, building a network of internal managers and external partners who helped anticipate, and then mitigate, risk to the brand. Proactively engaging critics of the financial services sector was a particularly successful approach to the acquisition and disposition of major assets.
While at Citigroup, Mr. Eve was principally responsible for interacting with banking regulators regarding Community Reinvestment Act and Fair Lending obligations, regularly reporting to Citigroup’s Board of Directors on performance. During this period, Citigroup’s community reinvestment efforts totaled $224.5 billion. The firm received successive “Outstanding” ratings from its principal federal banking regulator.
Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Eve served as Vice President of Government Relations for Verizon Communications (1997-2004), where he managed Verizon’s federal legislative efforts before the Administration and United States Senate. He managed Verizon’s public policy relationship with labor unions and coordinated industry efforts to establish a new national broadband policy.
Mr. Eve served as Special Assistant for Political Affairs to President William Jefferson Clinton (1995-1997). In that capacity, he advised the President on matters affecting the northeastern United States and African Americans nationally and represented the White House before both constituencies. He brought to that role experience gained as the head of Intergovernmental Relations for New York State Comptroller Carl McCall (1993-1995).
Mr. Eve currently serves on the Vestry of Trinity Wall Street, and on the boards of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Berkeley Carroll School, and Camp Sloane (YMCA). He previously served on the boards of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Mr. Eve is a graduate of Hobart College (BA) and Baruch College (MA). He is married to Dr. Felicia Stenhouse, and they, with their three children, live in Brooklyn, New York.