Fred C. Sears, II

Fred C. Sears, II has been a community leader in the greater Wilmington area and throughout the State of Delaware for more than thirty-five years.  He has been the President and the CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation, which manages charitable funds and awards grants, since December 2002.  In this capacity at the Foundation, he encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to engage in long-term charitable giving for the better of the statewide community.

Prior to his position at the Foundation, Sears acquired wealth of experience through a 38-year career in banking,

most recently as president of Commerce Bank, Delaware.  Early in his banking career, Sears served as a Finance Director and a Director of Commerce of the City of Wilmington and as a Director at the Port of Wilmington. He was elected to City Council from 1976 through 1984. He remained politically active by serving on the transition team for Mayor James Sills and co-chairing transition teams for Governor Ruth Ann Minner in 2000 and New Castle County Executive Chris Coons in 2004.

Sears currently serves as a director of Commerce Bank, Delaware and the Nixon Uniform Company and has been a member of the Board of Directors of more than 20 community nonprofit organizations.  He chairs the Wilmington Economic and Financial Advisory Council and is a director of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Housing Partnership, United Way of Delaware and other organizations.