Eric Riley, Director of Communications

Phone: 212-437-3928   Email:

Eric is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to PCDC in all areas of communication, from message development to content creation. He brings nearly 20 years of expertise in writing/editing (news, features, op-eds, ad copy, etc.), editorial planning, crisis communications, media relations, digital/social strategy, and executive counsel. Prior to joining PCDC in 2017, Eric worked for more than a decade in higher education, where he oversaw internal/external communications at New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. As the chief speechwriter for three university presidents, he composed remarks for major events featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and UN Secretary-General candidates, among others. Earlier he wrote for various outreach campaigns (HIV awareness, homeless health, anti-smoking) at the New York City Department of Health. Eric also led national marketing campaigns at WGBH Boston, writing for “NOVA,” “This Old House,” “The Victory Garden,” and other flagship PBS series. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and his master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University.