Erin Clemons, the president of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, was among 10 women honored Friday as the West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance’s 2019 Women of Excellence.
Those women, according to the chamber, have used their careers or volunteerism to enhance business, education, culture and philanthropy and provide outstanding service to the region.
Clemons is “an individual who inspires and leads by example,” according to a bio from the West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance.
“In the areas of education, transportation, and workforce development, Erin has taken the success of the Community Foundation to the next level,” according to the bio.
Clemons started working at the foundation in 2014 as vice president of development and donor relations. She became president and CEO in 2015.
“With the Community Foundation, she has worked to organize events such as the Key Event and the Shamrock Shuffle,” Clemons’ bio said. “Through the Community Needs Assessment, she has learned that the Community Foundation’s efforts should be focused on education, transportation, and workforce development.”
Leadership is nothing new to Clemons. After spending her adolescence as an athlete and running in college, fitness was an important part of her life. With a history of running injuries, her solution was to pick up cycling. Nine months after giving birth, she won the Master’s State Cycling Criterium Championship. In 2014, she co-founded the first women’s elite cycling team in Ohio, Women’s Racing Project.
WRP’s mission is to ensure there are equal racing opportunities available for women, and the team has expanded to represent Ohio and Indiana.
Clemons, who attended Mount Notre Dame High School, has lived in West Chester Twp. for most of her life.
“Her impact on the West Chester/Liberty area is noticeable, although she is the type to shine the limelight on the people who helped her make the goal achievable,” according to her chamber bio. “There is no person more deserving of recognition than the one who praises it in others and Erin is the one to be highlighting others’ accomplishments while saying nothing of her own.”
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