Ulli Sommer has been managing director at Wider Sense TraFo gGmbH since May 2020. Previously, she had – also as a managing director – established a foundation-supported education initiative for the Ruhr Area, with State Government, universities and several cities as partners. For many years she worked in various departments of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, most recently as head of a task force for personnel recruitment for early childhood education. She has also gained professional experience in German-American migration research and as a scientific editor.
Ulli studied history, geography, philosophy und education in Bochum and in Braunschweig. She graduated with a state and a master’s degree. During her time in the ministerial administration, she completed additional legal training and advanced training as a moderator and organizational developer in non-profit organizations. But Ulli ist also characterized by many years of competitive sports and civic engagement.
Role:Managing Director Wider Sense TraFo gGmbH
Why did you choose working for Wider Sense?
Sustainable solutions for social challenges can only be developed by cooperation and collaboration of actors from different sectors: government, business and civil society. Within the context of Wider Sense TraFo I can contribute my knowledge of different sectors to the development, implementation and perpetuation of projects. And, together with a competent and committed team, make a contribution to social transformation - in the sense of more diversity, more participation and the development of new learning and creative potentials.
What is a random fact about you?
I am an enthusiastic mountain hiker and can hardly imagine a life without literature, cinema, theatre and civic engagement.