Eric Marcus

Senior Director for Loss and Bereavement Programs

Eric Marcus

Photo Credit: Dixie Sheridan

Eric Marcus is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s new Senior Director for Loss and Bereavement Programs. Before joining AFSP’s staff, Mr. Marcus served four years on the organization’s national board and two years as chair of the Loss and Bereavement Council. 

For the three decades prior to joining AFSP, Mr. Marcus worked as a communications expert. His work has ranged from writing consumer-oriented books and developing promotional and informational materials for non-profit and commercial enterprises to production jobs for both documentaries and television network news, including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning.”

Mr. Marcus’s twelve books include Why Suicide? Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know, a book that was inspired by his own father’s suicide in 1970.  His other books include Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal RightsBreaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, and Coming Out to Play, the recently published autobiography of Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers.  In addition, Mr. Marcus has written articles and columns for the New York TimesNew York Daily NewsNew York PostNewsweek, and the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Eric Marcus is a graduate of New York City public schools, after which he attended Vassar College and later earned master’s degrees from both the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.