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Neil Hawkins To Transition Out of Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation Presidency Role

Neil Hawkins, president of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, has announced he will resign from his role at the foundation.

Neil Hawkins, Image courtesy of Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Content excerpted and adapted from an original Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation press release.

Dr. Neil Hawkins has resigned from his role as president of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation to spend more time with his family and pursue his passion for teaching and advising.

Over the past four years Neil’s dedication, leadership and expertise have been evident across more than $50 million in foundation grants to organizations that steward and improve the health of the Great Lakes, advance the arts and jazz education, conduct Alzheimer’s research and address the impacts of lead and air quality.

According to a press release, the foundation has been especially fortunate to have his guidance in building out our focus on sustainable business. As a globally recognized leader in sustainability, Neil wove his expansive understanding of the field into new collaborations that strengthened awareness of these issues in our region.

In his new role as a research advisor/instructor at Harvard University, Neil will manage the Consulting Capstone for the Master of Sustainability Program (Harvard Extension School; Harvard Division of Continuing Education). This is a unique opportunity for him to share his knowledge with rising professionals and researchers who will create new solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

During his tenure, Neil guided the foundation in strengthening its operations, building staff expertise and capacity, and laying groundwork that will be essential as the foundation ramps up grantmaking in its final decade.

John Erb will return as the foundation’s president on May 19th, a position he held previously until 2019.

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