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Eric Somerville

Venture for America
CEO

Eric joined Venture For America as CEO after, most recently, serving as Vice President of Corporate and Civic Engagement at The Y in Central Maryland. While there, he led a portfolio of civic and corporate engagement initiatives across Central Maryland. His strategic focus included: advancing the brand and mission internally and externally; implementing leading practices to engage communities in civic activities; and curating experiences for corporations to feel connected and positively impact the people and communities where they work.

He joined The Y in 2012 as District Executive Director for the Weinberg and Druid Hill centers and was promoted to Executive Director of Volunteerism and Community Engagement in 2015. In these capacities he more than doubled The Y’s volunteer base from, secured in-kind donations valued at more than $2.5 million and tripled the number of corporate and civic partners.

Prior, and after several years traveling, volunteering, and interning abroad throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, he was sparked to begin a career in wellness. Upon returning to the Washington D.C./Maryland region he served in a pre-opening leadership role to open and operate several wellness and fitness facilities. Eric is an explorer, traveler, and someone deeply passionate about living a life enriched with mindfulness, wellness, and servant leadership. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in transformational leadership and social change from Maryland University of Integrative Health. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Nelle and volunteers as a board member for the Samaritan Community.


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