Berkshire United Way Taps New Director of Development

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way has hired Ilene Marcus as director of development.

Marcus joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in social service programs, policy development, operations and revenue generation. She holds both her master of science in social work and master of public affairs from Columbia University.

Marcus will be responsible for developing engagement strategies and leading fundraising efforts to increase revenue, ensuring the organization's ability to invest in quality programs to build a stronger community.

Prior to joining Berkshire United Way, Marcus founded Aligned Workplace, where she consulted on creating revenue generating teams. She also served as chief strategy officer of the Met Council, where she grew the organization's major gifts campaign from $3 million to $8 million annually and increased grant revenue by 33 percent.

"We're delighted to have Ilene on board driving our development efforts. These are challenging times for Berkshire United Way and many local nonprofits. We’re fortunate to have hired Ilene who brings a tremendous amount of creativity, energy and experience to the table," said Lee Bank President and Berkshire United Way board member Chuck Leach.

A native of New York City, Marcus resides in Monterey, where she currently serves on the boards of the Council on Aging, and Parks Council and is the fundraising chair of the Friends of the Monterey Library.

She also served a two-year term on the executive board of the NYC Chapter of National Association of Social Workers.

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