Close Up Names Eric Adydan as CEO and President


For Immediate Release
January 23, 2023

The Close Up Foundation Announces Eric Adydan as its New CEO and President

Arlington, VA—The Close Up Foundation is pleased to announce that it has named Eric Adydan as its new chief executive officer and president, effective January 1, 2023. Adydan, a veteran of the Foundation who has served as chief operating officer since 2014, succeeds CEO and President Timothy S. Davis, who retired on December 31, 2022.

A respected figure with over 20 years of experience at the Foundation, Adydan began his career at Close Up as a program instructor before advancing through the ranks of Outreach to become manager, director, and vice president. Working in various capacities to bring civic education opportunities to young people across the country, he led multiple departments and expanded program offerings before assuming the position of COO. In that role, Adydan increased student engagement, spearheaded new ways of working with schools and organizations, and helped guide Close Up in its efforts to innovate, inspire, and equip the next generation of active citizens.

“Ever since my first weeks of working with students at Close Up, I have known that this is an extraordinary organization,” said Adydan. “I believe our work has the potential to be life-changing, as we open students’ eyes and empower them to make their voices heard. I am honored to be leading a group of such talented individuals into the future as we extend our reach and remain committed to our mission.”

Adydan becomes only the third person in Close Up’s 52-year history to hold the position of CEO and president, following in the footsteps of Davis and Close Up founder Steve Janger.

About the Close Up Foundation

Founded in 1971, Close Up is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization with the mission of informing, inspiring, and empowering students to become active citizens. For over 50 years, we have partnered with schools nationwide to serve more than one million students and educators through experiential programs in our nation’s capital and in local communities, virtual programs, professional development, and curriculum and resource design. We believe a strong democracy requires active, informed participation by all citizens. Therefore, we seek to serve young people from all communities and backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic level, or academic standing.