Eric Wellman

Eric graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. For nearly 10 years, he served as journalist in the National Public Radio system including hosting NPR’s flagship program, Morning Edition in Cleveland, OH. His reporting shined a spotlight on salient and diverse issues from the subprime lending crisis that led to the 2008 financial collapse to the so called “food deserts” that plague many poor communities. Since earning an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Eric has worked as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies focused on process improvement. Since 2017, Eric has served on the Board of Selectmen in Simsbury, CT, including 4-years as First Selectman, the community’s chief elected official. In that capacity, he had the privilege of partnering with the Trust for Public Land to preserve a 300-acre parcel known as Meadowood, which has direct ties to Martin Luther King, Jr. The community voted overwhelmingly in favor of the acquisition (89% in support) and the town continues to work with TPL to preserve some of the historic tobacco sheds on the property to one day serve as living classrooms. Eric lives in West Simsbury with his wife, daughter, and two guinea pigs. Joined 02/2023.