Christopher Sommerich joined Humanities Nebraska in 2004 as a development officer. In 2007, he was named the council’s development director and in 2011 became the new executive director. Sommerich is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), which is a certification emphasizing the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct in fundraising.
Previously, Sommerich served as an undergraduate advisor and graduate assistant for the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while a graduate student. After completing his Master’s degree, Sommerich worked in development for four years at Audubon Nebraska, a state office of the National Audubon Society.
Among professional fundraisers, Sommerich has held many leadership roles including serving on the Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) board of directors, where he was president in 2010. During his presidency, AFP-Nebraska hosted the regional Mid-America Conference on fundraising. He served on the planning committee for the National Humanities Conference in Omaha in 2009 and in 2010, Humanities Nebraska received the Friend of Tourism Award from the state tourism agency for having brought the conference to Omaha. Currently, Sommerich serves on the board of Community CROPS and is a member of Class VII of Leadership Nebraska. Sommerich lives in Lincoln with his wife, Vicki, and two sons, Eli and Benjamin.