Eric S. Greene

Eric S. Greene, Founder and Executive Director


As a cultural anthropologist, specializing in psychological anthropology, I served as an executive with behavioral health-related nonprofits at the community and international levels, including New York’s Hispanic AIDS Forum and ETR Associates. Numerous issues were addressed, including familial rejection, chemical and behavioral addictions, loneliness, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and domestic violence. Thereafter, I continue to support nonprofit and artistic projects as an independent consultant. While working with different health-based organizations in developing community-based programs, I recognized that for many of our patients and clients, several family conflicts – such as sibling abuse, pet abuse, and in-law conflicts – were never adequately addressed if at all. The seed for an organization to fill in these gaps was planted.

Academically, in the early 1980s I pioneered the transdisciplinary field of Animals and Culture Studies while still an undergraduate. It examines the cultural perceptions, representations, and statuses of animals, as well as our relationships with them, at home, in ‘the wild,’ and within society at-large, cross-culturally. The field also explores what it means to be human, the significance of family and community, and our connection to Nature. The emphasis on interpersonal relationships among other humans and animals, and the contexts in which these relationships take place, was born.

Interweaving my professional and academic work with that of our board members, advisors, and volunteers, Family Spirals® is positioned to effectively address widespread yet under-served family needs, including sibling problems, in-law conflicts, families with animals, and the impact of technology on family dynamics.

My BA and MA were rooted in cultural anthropology (from Binghamton University and Vermont College, respectively), as was graduate study at the New School for Social Research.

Research interests: language, family dynamics, animals and culture studies, mental health, constructions of public and private spaces, social marginalization, and notions of authority/expertise.

Recreationally, I enjoy the great outdoors, hiking and camping, a good read, a great film, and experiencing local arts.