Erik Hanberg has spent his professional career working with non-profits. In addition to serving as the director of two nonprofits, he has worked for nonprofits in marketing and fundraising, and served on boards and committees for more than a dozen organizations, often in leadership roles.
He is the author of three books for nonprofits, focusing on fundraising, social media, and board governance. He was elected as a Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner in 2011, a junior municipality with an annual operating budget of $40+ million.
Coaching & Consulting
Erik has coached Executive Directors and consulted with boards on a variety of topics, including strategic planning, fundraising training, and creating board systems and norms. He has been hired to consult with the boards and staff of international and national nonprofits of all sizes. Read more about his consultation work with boards or coaching for Executive Directors.
Marketing & Communications
He and his wife, a graphic designer, currently run Side x Side Creative, a marketing firm specializing in nonprofits. Current and recent clients include several large universities, foundations, and hospitals around the country.
Non-Profit Employment Experience
Executive Director, City Club of Tacoma
Managing Director, Grand Cinema
Alumni Director, Bellarmine Preparatory
Marketing Manager, Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau
Board and Committee Experience
President and Elected Commissioner, Metro Parks Tacoma
President and Board Member, Tacoma360
President and Board Member, Joint Municipal Action Committee
Board Member, Foundation for Tacoma Students
Member, Alumni Council, Carleton College
Board Member, Arts Leadership Lab
Board Member, First Night Tacoma
Board Member, Tall Ships Tacoma
Distribution Committee, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Senior Fellows Committee, American Leadership Forum – Tacoma/Pierce County Chapter
Member, Steering Committee, South Sound Technology Conference
Member, Curriculum Working Group, University of Washington Tacoma
Member, Arts Organization Funding Committee Member, Tacoma Arts Commission
Member, Scholarship Committee, Tacoma School of the Arts