Ami Aronson, an entrepreneurial thought-leader in responsive philanthropy, is the Executive Director of the Bernstein Family Foundation. Granddaughter of Leo M. Bernstein, Aronson oversees the foundation’s governance, grant making and communications.
Because of her forward-thinking approach and management skills, Aronson has taken the historic foundation into the 21st century through strategic planning and dynamic community engagement. Her passion for exploring different points of view and her understanding of strategic alliances makes her an ally for her organization with the greater community.
Engaging in ongoing critical dialogue with community leaders in the Foundation’s three focus areas – Jewish Causes, American Democracy, and Arts & Culture – Aronson helps solve problems for collective benefit and impact. She combines a private sector mindset with a non-profit understanding that allows her to creatively bring innovative ideas to every organization.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, Aronson was involved with global public health issues including women’s health, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, violence prevention and nutrition education. With over 18 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating social marketing programs, Aronson leads with compassion and extensive knowledge. Her international experience in Africa, Asia and the Middle East influences her work.
Aronson received her graduate degree in International Public Health from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and young children.