Eric Weingartner is the President of the Overbrook Foundation, having joined the Foundation in the Fall of 2022. Eric is responsible for the management of the Foundation’s grantmaking and operations; working in partnership with the Overbrook staff and Board of Directors to execute the Foundation’s strategy.
Eric joined Overbrook following thirty years as one of New York City’s most distinguished public sector leaders, having managed organizations and sector-focused programming across Government, Not-for-Profit, and the Philanthropy sectors since 1992.
Prior to his role at Overbrook, Eric was the CEO of The Door and Broome Street Academy; a role that he held since 2016. The Door is one of New York City’s most distinctive youth services organizations, implementing an exemplary multi-sector human services portfolio that is a national model for programming and design. Before leading The Door, Eric was a Managing Director at Robin Hood, where he led the Survival and Jobs portfolios, focusing on issues including health, housing, homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, legal services, and public benefit enrollment. In addition, Eric managed Robin Hood’s Veterans Fund and America Dream Fund, two portfolios focused on veterans and immigrants living in poverty. These portfolios launched over 25 large-scale public / private partnerships with government and top not-for-profits across New York City. At Robin Hood, Eric oversaw a $60 million grants portfolio directed to over 80 not-for-profit and government agencies.
Before joining Robin Hood, Eric served as a policy advisor to both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In both cases, Eric focused on issues including welfare reform, neighborhood economic development, public education, youth development, higher education, and work force programming. Also, Eric is a former Vice President of FEGS where he managed the education and workforce divisions, including 30 programs and an annual budget of $50 million. Eric is the former Executive Director of Teach for America, New York and began his career as a Teach For America corps member, having taught eighth grade English in the Bronx.
Eric graduated from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he was the class president. Eric lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jennifer, a former criminal justice policy lawyer and current Mah Jong champion. Eric has two children including Henry, who is spends his days and nights recording and touring with his band Laundry Day where he is lead guitar, and Ruby Weingartner who is a sophomore at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in Political Science and Art with a minor in adventure, activism, and being a great human being. Rounding out the Weingartner crew are the family’s beloved dogs, William and Oscar.