Eric Ridge is the deputy director and security lead of the Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and leads the Center’s security line of efforts. He has worked at the nexus of strategy and risk on national and homeland security policy issues for nearly fifteen years—envisioning new approaches and leading teams to implement them. 

Ridge brings a range of government and think tank experience, including most recently having served as a senior advisor at the Department of Defense, where he was a member of the non-career senior executive service, and as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

He has authored reports and articles on a wide range of defense and security issues. Ridge holds an MA in security policy studies from the George Washington University and a BA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.