Karen Berman, a dynamic leader and experienced philanthropic professional with more than two decades of expertise leading non-profit and for-profit organizations with ties to Israel, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of the University of Haifa (ASUH) and will start in mid-September. She succeeds National Executive Director Yefet Ozery who, after four years at the helm of ASUH, is retiring and moving back to Israel.
“We are delighted that Karen will be joining ASUH,” said Warren Gleicher, Chairman of the ASUH Board of Directors. “Her vision and leadership, combined with her knowledge of philanthropy and education in Israel, ensure that we will build on the momentum created by Yefet and the strong ASUH team.”
Karen was previously with YRF Darca, Israel’s leading network of high schools, for more than 13 years, starting as the head of Youth Renewal Fund, leading its merger with Darca Schools, and most recently serving as the new alliance’s CEO in the United States. She was instrumental in driving the organization’s growth and increased capacity. YRF Darca, through 25 schools and two learning centers, serves 15,000 students in some of Israel’s most disadvantaged communities.
“The social and economic well-being of every society is deeply rooted in the educational opportunities afforded its citizens. In Israel, schools play an even more vital role because the nation depends upon human capital for its very existence. Investing in Israeli education is investing in the country’s survival,” Karen says. “For the last 13 years, I have been engaged in this critical mission at the secondary school level and I am looking forward to helping the University of Haifa, which has long modeled diversity and co-existence on its campus, and has a wonderful array of donors and friends. Together, we will help build a more inclusive and more secure future for all Israelis.”
Karen is the immediate past president and now the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a prominent Reform synagogue in New York City. She serves on the Executive Committee of the URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps’ Board, and is a Trustee of the Rodeph Sholom School, an independent school that combines competitive academics with a liberal Jewish education.
In her professional and volunteer roles, Karen is a frequent commentator on education, leadership, and philanthropy. A graduate of Harvard College cum laude and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, she lives in Manhattan with her two sons.
Karen can be reached at email@example.com and 212.344.2784 ext 24.