Eric Weinheimer, ’94

President and CEO
Forefront

Eric Weinheimer

Eric Weinheimer, ’94, is the president and CEO of Forefront, a membership organization for nonprofits, philanthropies, public agencies, and advisors that seeks to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Forefront provides education, advocacy, peer networking, and project management services to its 1,100 members.

Previously, he was president and CEO of Cara, a nonprofit that provides training, job placement, and support services to individuals who are homeless and struggling in poverty. Under his leadership, Cara founded and established two leading social enterprises—Cleanslate Chicago and 180° Properties (a joint venture with Mercy Housing Lakefront)—to generate revenue and provide work opportunities and on-the-job training to individuals who have significant obstacles to employment, including recent incarceration.

Weinheimer serves on the advisory board for the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and on the board of directors for the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation and the St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Weinheimer earned a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Chicago Booth, where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service.

Eric Weinheimer will participate in "Lightning Talks: Why the People, Culture, and Communication are Key to Improving Your Nonprofit."