Eric Gertler
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. News & World Report

Eric Gertler serves as Executive Chairman & CEO of U.S. News & World Report, the nation's leading news authority on rankings and expert guidance on life decisions, where he has overall responsibility for both editorial and business operations of this multifaceted digital media company.

Prior to his current role, Gertler served as Commissioner/President & CEO-designate of Empire State Development (ESD), New York's principal economic development agency. Gertler's tenure focused on four main priorities: meeting the unprecedented economic needs of the State arising from the Covid-19 pandemic; completing critical infrastructure; attracting companies to NY state and expanding job growth; and implementing economic initiatives with long-term benefits.

An earlier stint in public service included his role as Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Managing Director of the Center for Economic Transformation under multiple mayoral administrations. He was responsible for spurring local economic development by managing more than 100 initiatives and directing hundreds of millions of dollars of city investments.

Gertler is also Managing Partner of investment fund Ulysses Ventures, LLC. He serves as a trustee to the Zuckerman Family Foundation and oversees its family office. He sits on various boards of a number of universities, including at Harvard Kennedy School, Technion-Israel Institute, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute. He is also a trustee of Memorial Sloan Kettering; Chairman of the American-Israel Friendship League; a member of Young Presidents' Organization (and former Chapter Chair); and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2017, Gertler was honored as a Great Immigrant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

A graduate of Brown University, Gertler holds degrees from the Sorbonne (at the University of Paris), the Institut D'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and a law degree from American University (where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review), and an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

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