Henry L. Berman Bio
Henry Berman brings to the CEO role a wealth of experience in managing people, projects, and budgets in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Berman entered the field of philanthropy in 2003 as successor trustee for a longtime family friend who established a foundation to be funded upon her death. In his role as foundation president and co-trustee, he helped launch the foundation, working closely with grantees and evaluating funded programs. He remains a full trustee and continues to be involved in the foundation’s giving. He has also served as a trustee for a number of other charitable trusts.
An ASF member since 2003, ASF board member from 2008–2010, and ASF CEO since 2011, Berman has served on ASF’s development, membership, and governance committees. Through his experience as both a member and a leader within ASF, he brings a firsthand understanding of the needs of ASF members to his role as CEO. He is committed to a dialogue with members and to enhancing members’ learning opportunities, facilitating rich peer-to-peer exchanges and helping ASF provide members with insight and guidance on important issues, practices, and regulations affecting small foundations.
His experience also includes roles as a board member, volunteer, fundraiser, and/or marketer with several organizations. These include the American Society for Training and Development, the American Occupational Health Association, Beaver County Day School (MA), the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation (NM), and Community Servings, a Boston-based program providing meals to homebound individuals. Berman also helped launch, and served as a founding board member, of the Museum of Broadcast Technology.
Berman’s early career in the communications field included positions as an independent communications consultant and director, writer, and producer of film, video, and multimedia programs for education, motivation, and fundraising. He has lent his fundraising and communications expertise to a variety of educational and cultural institutions, helping organizations realize greater self-sufficiency. He will bring this focus on customer service to his leadership role at ASF, putting members’ needs front and center to build their capacity for impact in the communities they serve across the country.
Berman holds a bachelor of science in communications from Ithaca College, a master’s and doctorate in education from Boston University, and a certificate in business and management from Harvard University Extension School. He has taught various classes at Boston University, Harvard University Extension School, Emerson College, and Ithaca College, including fundraising, proposal writing, development communications, media design, and production.