Appointments highlight organization’s focus on national expansion and operational efficiency

 LOWELL, Mass., July 11, 2023 –  Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate economic and social impact through inclusive entrepreneurship, today announced the appointment of Peter Whaley as Chief Operating Officer and Natalie Van Eron as its first Chief Development Officer – a strategic move towards national expansion and operational efficiency.

“Pete and Natalie are both accomplished professionals with decades of experience in their respective fields,” said Meralis T. Hood EforAll CEO. “I am thrilled to work closely with them to deliver on EforAll’s ambitious mission to expand our reach nationwide to ensure aspiring entrepreneurs have access to the tools and support needed to successfully launch and grow a business.  EforAll has a proven ability to change lives and help revitalize communities.”

In his role as COO, Whaley will be responsible for EforAll’s overall operations and will work closely with Hood and the Board of Directors to implement the organization’s strategic mission and values as it continues to expand operations, nationally, to serve aspiring, under-represented entrepreneurs.

Whaley joins EforAll with nearly 20 years of experience in organizational strategy, coaching, culture building, and program implementation. Most recently, he served as a managing director at City Year where he oversaw a $28 million market supporting strategy and operations for 10 locations and 100+ staff. During his City Year tenure, Whaley ensured the organization maintained a people-centered culture while successfully scaling to 29 cities nationwide. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Emmanuel College.

In her role as EforAll’s first CDO, Van Eron will be responsible for developing and executing strategic fundraising direction, spearheading the organization’s $50M campaign, as well as establishing national sponsorship opportunities.

Van Eron is a 20-year nonprofit development professional who most recently served as the CDO for the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Florida. Under her leadership, the organization achieved its highest grossing fundraising event in its 34-year history. Prior to that, Van Eron was the CDO at The BASE in Roxbury Massachusetts and held leadership development and marketing sponsorship positions at Best Buddies International. A lawyer by training, she received her B.A from Fairfield University in CT and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

To learn more about EforAll and its English and Spanish language programs, visit: eforall.org.

About EforAll

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities nationwide to help under-represented individuals successfully start and grow a business through intensive business training, mentorship and an extended professional support network. To date, EforAll alumni have launched over 1,400 businesses. In 2022 alone, its businesses provided 2,108 local jobs and generated over $66M in revenue, despite the pandemic. Programs are available in both English and Spanish. EforAll current locations include Longmont, Colo.; Lowcountry, South Carolina; Maine; Northwest Arkansas, Rhode Island; and the following Massachusetts communities: Berkshire County, Cape Cod, Fall River/New Bedford, Merrimack Valley, Lynn, Pioneer Valley, Roxbury and Worcester. To learn more about EforAll, please visit eforall.org.