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Updated: August 22, 2022 / 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

40 Under Forty 2022: Eric Kneeland

Photo | Erika Sidor Eric Kneeland
Photo | Erika Sidor 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022 winners (from left): Jason Homer, Katia Norford, Hana Lasell, Eric Kneeland at the Worcester Public Library (special thanks to Jason Homer).
Eric Kneeland, 28
  • Title Director of programs & operations
  • Company Worcester Regional Research Bureau, in Worcester
  • Residence Worcester
  • Birthplace Portland, Maine
  • College Assumption University
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Kneeland joined WRRB after graduating from Assumption in 2016. In the past six years, he rose through the ranks from research intern to program associate, to his current title of director of programs and operations.

Crucially, he served as the bureau’s officer in charge for seven months, leading the organization while its board of directors underwent an executive director search process. Kneeland is responsible for increasing the bureau’s sponsorship revenue by 35% since 2018, identifying new untapped revenue sources, managing a technology upgrade to redesign the WRRB’s website, incorporating new data tools for external and internal use, and overhauling all hardware.

Externally, he has represented the WRRB in several community initiatives and managed significant public information events, including the candidate debate series and the 2018 State of the City. He helped organize the bureau’s largest and most successful annual meeting to date, which featured Dr. Francis Collins, the now-former director of the National Institutes of Health. Kneeland is regular participant in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in memory of his grandmother. 

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