Cook County Commission on 

Social Innovation

118 N. Clark, RM 567

c/0 District 7

Chicago, IL 60602



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Eric Weinheimer

Since July 1, 2014, Eric has been the President and CEO of Forefront, the only regional association in the U.S. that represents grantmakers, nonprofits, advisors, social entrepreneurs, impact investors and their allies.  Currently Forefront has 1,100 Members and its mission is to be build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois.

Forefront provides education, advocacy, peer networking, project management services, and also mobilizes its Members around campaigns that advance the sector.   

Prior, Eric was President and CEO of The Cara Program, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive training, job placement and support services to individuals who are homeless and struggling in poverty.  During Eric’s tenure, The Cara Program founded and established leading social enterprises, including Cleanslate Chicago, to generate revenue and provide employment opportunities and on-the-job training to individuals who have significant obstacles to employment. 

Eric earned a B.S. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service.  Eric serves on the Advisory Board for the Social Enterprise Initiative at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.