Logan Herring is the CEO, The WRK Group (The Warehouse, REACH Riverside, Kingswood Community Center), as well as this week’s #PeopleofWilmDE! Read his story below:
“I grew up in West Center City. My schooling was extremely diverse: Wilmington Montessori through 2nd grade; public school through 8th grade; St. Marks High School 9th and 10th grade; Sanford School 11th and 12th grade. My first job was at Fraim Boys & Girls Club as a camp counselor at the age of 14 and I did this every summer until I left for college at 17. Alex Hackett – my mentee, grew up on my block on the West Side and used to knock on my door every day to see what I was up to until I left for college, which he claims was the reason he decided to do the same. Alex now works for US Senator Tom Carper and is doing amazing work in our community.
I came back to Wilmington after college to start a non-profit called Delaware Elite with my older brother, Shannon Watson, and my best friend, Eugene Young. The purpose of Delaware Elite was to instill life skills into our young men in the community using basketball as the incentive.
I am the grandchild of Rev. Otis Herring, who was one of our most prominent community leaders in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. He did everything that I am doing, such as early learning, affordable housing, workforce development, and more. He was one of the first community members to endorse Joe Biden’s political career, and today my son and I have a relationship with our President because of that connection. That’s Wilmington for ya!
Besides my professional commitment, I am on the board of several non-profits including ChristianaCare Health System, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Community Education Building and Leadership Delaware. I also coach soccer and basketball at Sanford School.
I have a lot of great memories in Wilmington. I am a big sports guy, so being able to attend the filming of ESPN’s ‘First Take’ at the Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington and meet Stephen A. Smith as he made fun of my Cowboys’ jersey was definitely a moment to remember.
Recently, one of the proudest moments of being a Wilmingtonian was the night at the Riverfront when Joe Biden was announced to have won the Presidency. Regardless of political views, it was a special moment to walk to the Riverfront and see a historic moment for our country firsthand in our very own city.
I continue to choose Wilmington to work in/live in because I want to have the most positive impact on the community in which I grew up and pay it forward to those that can benefit the most. Wilmington is a place where everyone knows everyone, so it is fairly easy to build a network that allows me to accelerate and scale the work I’m doing in ways I couldn’t in other locations.
My concern is the impact of our work can’t happen quickly enough. We are losing community members and I feel like the work we are doing is needed more than ever. It won’t be done until I can wake up and not read about another person senselessly losing their life in our city.
My advice for Wilmingtonians is to always speak and engage in conversations with as many people as reasonable wherever you go. Whether the grocery store, elevator, or the bank, you never know how that conversation will lead to a door opening for you personally and/or professionally.
I’m raising my 4-year old son in Wilmington, and I am doing as much as I can to make this city a better place for him and his future children, if he chooses to live here in the future. Decisions and investments we make today will have long-lasting impacts for the future generations even if we don’t see the immediate results.”