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Staff: Eric Gabrielson
Chief Expansion Officer
Eric Gabrielson grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of Virginia where he studied History and English. After graduating from college, he was snatched up by Nike to work in their Sports Marketing Department. Eric had found his dream job and was even able to work with the community service project at Nike, P.L.A.Y. (Participate in the Lives of America’s Youth) where he helped start P.L.A.Y. CORPS, a peace corps for sports. After four years with Nike, Eric started working for Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon in 2000. He worked on creative campaigns for Nike, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and ESPN. Wieden + Kennedy then asked Eric and his new wife to move to Amsterdam and head up Coca-Cola in their office abroad. After two years, they returned home to Portland and Eric continued to be affiliated with Nike and Wieden + Kennedy. Shortly thereafter, Eric met Duncan & Cindy Campbell and Doug Stamm and was introduced to Friends of the Children. His commitment to Friends can be seen through his time, money raised, and connections to the organization. Eric has served on the Board of Directors for Friends of Children–Portland for over ten years, a position he has held with great pride. In 2016, Eric accepted a position as the CEO of The Campbell Foundation to help carry on Duncan & Cindy Campbell's legacy. Now as named Chief Expansion Officer for Friends of the Children, Eric works with philanthropic and community leaders focused on bringing our model to communities across the country.