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Eric Avner

VP, Sr Program Manager - Community Development
Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation
Participates in 1 Session
Eric Avner is convinced philanthropy can do more to build cities. As Vice President of The Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation since April, 2008, he directs the Foundation’s community development grantmaking, focusing on Cincinnati’s distinctive urban neighborhoods, a talented regional workforce, and a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. Eric also founded and is CEO of People’s Liberty (, the Foundation’s 8,000 sf philanthropic lab that explores a new role for foundations interested in investing in place by investing in people. Previously, Eric advised Cincinnati's top CEOs on economic development issues as Associate Director of the Cincinnati Business Committee; helped to launch, a weekly magazine focused on the region’s economic and physical transformation; and led efforts to convert an abandoned railroad bridge across the Ohio River into an award-winning linear pedestrian park, the “Purple People Bridge.” Eric attended McGill (Montreal) and Cornell Universities; he serves on the boards of Philanthropy Ohio, ArtWorks Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Development Fund; and was recently appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s inaugural Community Advisory Committee.

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