Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Eric Avner


People's Liberty

Eric Avner is convinced philanthropy can do more to build cities.

Eric founded and is CEO of People’s Liberty an 8,000 sf philanthropic lab that explores a new role for foundations interested in individual-focused place-based grantmaking and social change. As Vice President of The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation since April, 2008, he also 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.

Previously, Eric advised Cincinnati’s top CEOs on economic development issues as Associate Director of the Cincinnati Business Committee; launched, 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 and he serves on the boards of Philanthropy Ohio, ArtWorks Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Development Fund.