Eric Aft currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Prior to joining Second Harvest, Eric was a member of the Wake Forest University Advancement team as the Director of Development for the Mid-Atlantic region following a 12 year tenure at the United Way of Forsyth County, first as the Vice President of Community Planning and Investment and later being promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Eric also has previous service as the President of the United Way of Central Virginia and Executive Director of the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties in Ohio.
Eric is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. He has been a member of multiple Rotary Clubs in Ohio, Virginia, and now in North Carolina as a member of the Reynolda Rotary Club. He was recently named as one of the Triad Business Journal’s 2020 C-Suite Award winners.
Along with his wife Lisa, Eric lives in Pfafftown. Lisa, a former nonprofit executive with multiple United Ways, Family Services, and Amos Cottage. She is currently a professor of practice at Salem College, an active community volunteer and a vintage and antique dealer. Their son, Avery, is a teacher and the director of bands at Middlebrook High School in Raleigh and their daughter, Claire, is a junior at Elon University where she is majoring in both Human Services and History.