Brady Hunter Foundation

Eric Lerner

Chief Operating Officer

Eric Lerner is an attorney, social entrepreneur, and innovative philanthropist, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the Brady Hunter Foundation (BHF). BHF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to championing the cause of animal welfare globally and making a positive impact in the lives of children. Through his role at BHF, Eric is driven by a vision of driving meaningful change and creating a brighter future for animals and children worldwide. Eric’s career began with his role as a liaison to the Fifth Committee Secretariat at the United Nations, where he worked on a transnational initiative to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. In 2012, he co-founded the Nexus Global Youth Summit at the United Nations, inspired by his passion for combating HIV/AIDS. It was during this time that Eric crossed paths with Ndaba Mandela, the Global Ambassador to UN AIDS. This encounter led to over a decade of service as Senior Advisor and Senior Counsel to Mr. Mandela, as well as becoming the US representative for more than half of the Mandela family. Together with Mr. Mandela, Eric co-founded the nonprofit Mandela Institute for Humanity, continuing the legacy of Nelson Mandela by inspiring and uniting people worldwide to build a fair and just world. Eric’s commitment to philanthropy extends further through his role as a Co-Founder and Director of Survivors Initiative, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a support network for victims of sexual abuse and trafficking. 

He has also served on the Board of Directors of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, demonstrating his dedication to various causes. With an impressive educational background, Eric graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. He has been admitted to practice law in New York state and federal courts since 2005 and has served as Of Counsel to Lerner & Lerner, P.C., since 2013. Prior to that, Eric worked in the Media and Entertainment and Litigation groups at Pryor Cashman LLP under the co-chair of the Media and Entertainment group. He also gained valuable experience as an associate at the litigation firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. In July of 2022, Eric established the law firm Lerner & Czik Law, where he represents former NY Yankee pitcher David Cone and his family. Additionally, Eric has worked at the Los Angeles offices of Creative Artists Agency and Endeavor, further expanding his professional expertise. Eric Lerner’s multifaceted background, legal acumen, and dedication to social entrepreneurship make him an invaluable asset to the Brady Hunter Foundation. His unwavering commitment to philanthropy and his extensive experience in making a positive impact positions him as a driving force in the pursuit of creating a more compassionate and inclusive world for animals and children alike.

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