Berkshire Hills Appoints Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Hills Bancorp has appointed Gary Levante to vice president/corporate social responsibility (CSR) officer, a newly created position within the Berkshire Bank Foundation.
In this role, Levante will work to expand the foundation's community engagement efforts to implement an all-encompassing CSR strategy. In doing so, Levante will lead Berkshire's efforts to integrate corporate social responsibility into all of the company's and foundation's activities, supporting key objectives, such as strengthening communities and engaging employees. Levante will oversee the development of CSR goals, policies and programs, with a strong focus on establishing a framework of standards and tools for advancing social responsibility.
"Giving back to our communities and focusing on how we impact the world around us are important components of Berkshire's culture and future," said Lori Gazzillo, Berkshire Bank Foundation's senior vice president and director. "Gary's deep understanding of Berkshire's core values as well as his experience, knowledge and professional networks in the community will be invaluable as we formalize and enhance our CSR strategies and programs."

Levante said he is honored to be able to evolve Berkshire's CSR efforts.

"The company has a culture of engagement and a commitment to advance our socially responsible practices, which is a win-win for our communities, customers, employees, and shareholders," he said. "I look forward to playing a key role in advancing and communicating our CSR accomplishments."
An employee of Berkshire since 2010, Levante previously held the position of assistant vice president/community engagement officer. Levante earned his bachelor of arts from Saint Michael's College in Vermont. He serves on the City of Pittsfield Community Development Board, the boards of Downtown Pittsfield and America's Charities, and is a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston. Levante was named the New England Regional Lead for United Nations IMPACT2030.


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