New York, NY (December 11, 2014) – Elliot Berger has been appointed Chief Development Officer and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at New York Law School, announced Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. Berger has spent over 25 years successfully addressing the needs of philanthropists and nonprofits.
“We are so pleased to welcome Elliot Berger, a proven leader in philanthropy and nonprofit development, to New York Law School. I look forward to working with him to advance a comprehensive fundraising strategy leveraging the strengths of the New York Law School community,” said Dean Crowell. “Going forward, Elliot will play a critical role in maximizing development opportunities as we celebrate the Law School’s 125th anniversary in 2016.”
During his accomplished career, Berger served as a Director of Development for New York University’s Stern School of Business and oversaw individual major giving for 13 divisions of the university. Early on, he held positions at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the American Heart Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Most recently, Elliot served as Managing Director of Arabella Advisors, where he directed the firm’s northeast operation. In this role, he managed teams of specialists to envision, implement, and evaluate giving strategies for family, corporate, and institutional foundations. Previously, Elliot held several positions over 14 years with the Merrill Lynch Private Client Group. He worked closely with the firm’s wealthiest clients to address the legacy of their wealth, enhance the impact of their giving, and pass on values across multiple generations. He also served as National Director of Strategic Philanthropy at Merrill Lynch, managing the services for 3,000 foundation clients.
“I’m excited to join Dean Crowell and his leadership team, who have built upon the institution’s rich history to effectively position it as New York’s law school. What impresses me most about New York Law School is the tremendous enthusiasm of its multiple stakeholders, especially the deep commitment of the Trustees,” said Berger. “I look forward to using my experience guiding philanthropists and nonprofits so as to capitalize on the School’s recent recognition for academic excellence and innovation as well as to build upon its long-standing reputation for graduating legal, financial, and civic leaders.”
Berger has established a national reputation for high-impact philanthropy, speaking recently at gatherings such as the Yale Philanthropy Conference, the Social Impact Exchange, and the Private Asset Management Magazine Roundtable on Impact Investing. He also has been regularly quoted in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, he has been a visiting lecturer at NYU’s Center for Philanthropy and has served on a number of boards and committees.
Berger received his B.A., with honors, from Rutgers College, and his M.B.A. from Rutgers Business School.
He joined New York Law School on December 8, 2014.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors nearly 125 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 17,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American Business Law and Tax Law. Learn more about New York’s law school at www.nyls.edu.