Erikk Aldridge was named chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, replacing J.R. Dzubak.

Dzubak has been serving as a regional service director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, after ten years of service at the local Venice club.

Aldridge, 37, has worked in various corporate and nonprofit leadership positions throughout Los Angeles.

He most recently served as the director of community relations for The Walt Disney Company.

He has also served as the director of community relations for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Foundations and programs that Aldridge says he developed include the Lakers Youth Foundation, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the Dodger Dream Fields Program, and a Disney Creativity Center at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club.

“I am very energized and excited about joining the Boys & Girls Club movement,” Aldridge said. “The children and families served by the Boys & Girls Club of Venice are our neighborhoods’ most precious assets, and through our programs, services, and leadership, we hope to deepen our involvement and impact on their lives.”

Aldridge is a native of Inglewood and is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in psychology and played on the baseball team.