With nearly two decades of communications experience in the fields of entertainment, technology, and social impact, Eric Desatnik serves as Senior Director of Public Relations at XPRIZE, leading communications strategy and global media relations, overseeing an internal team and external agencies.
Mr. Desatnik was named to the list of “PR 50: The best public-relations people in the tech industry in 2015” by Business Insider,
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Desatnik led communications at an international wildlife conservation group, WildAid, where he oversaw public relations, strategic partnerships, social media, and celebrity ambassador engagement. He and his team leveraged over $200 million in placed and earned media on a budget of $1.5 million.
Additionally, alongside Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, Mr. Desatnik served as Executive Producer of the documentary, The Whale, a “Critic’s Pick” by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He also founded and programmed the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, which has since grown to become one of the leading environmental film festivals in the world. His resume also includes positions at George magazine, Management 360, and BWR Public Relations.
Mr. Desatnik holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. He spends his free time mastering escape rooms, reading, and going on road trips.