Chief External Relations Officer
Susan Berger is the Chief External Relations Officer for Positive Education Program (PEP). In her work at PEP, Susan seeks non-traditional sources of revenue to support the agency’s work, facilitates strategic planning efforts, supports government relations outreach as well as board development and governance and implements marketing and communications initiatives.
Before joining PEP, Ms. Berger did major gifts fundraising for the Cleveland Clinic in its successful $30 million campaign for the Cole Eye Institute. In 1996, she was the professional lead for the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital capital campaign that raised $18 million.
In 1988, she started her fundraising career working for United Way in Cleveland. From Cleveland, she moved to Hartford to work for their United Way, and then moved to New York City to work for the United Ways of Tri-State. She returned to Cleveland in 1993 to raise funds for then Attorney General Lee Fisher in support of his re-election bid. In 1995, she worked for then State Representative Jane Campbell in her successful effort to become Cuyahoga County Commissioner.
Ms. Berger is a Past President of the Board of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Immediate Past Chair of the Children’s Trust Fund Local Advisory Board, and a member of the 2007 Leadership Cleveland class.
In September 2008, Ms. Berger was the recipient of the Athena Award given by Inside Business Magazine. In 2002, she was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business in its 40 under 40 feature. Ms. Berger is a graduate of Kenyon College where she was elected to its Alumni Council, and in 2010 she was awarded the college’s D. Morgan Smith award.