Richard Berlin, founding Chair of DREAM Charter School, has served as DREAM’s Executive Director since 1997. Mr. Berlin began his connection with DREAM as a volunteer baseball coach in 1994. During his tenure, DREAM has grown from a summer recreation program with one staff member to a thriving community-based organization recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards for programmatic and operational excellence. DREAM serves 2,500 youth from pre-k to pre-college across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a growing network of inclusive, extended-day, extended-year charter schools and community sports-based youth development programs.
Mr. Berlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and attended a Master’s Program in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Additionally, he has completed certificate programs at Columbia University’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management in both Nonprofit Management and Leadership Development.
Mr. Berlin, who frequently speaks on topics related to nonprofit management, governance, and sustainability, has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School University’s Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Policy. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Advisory Board of the National Summer Learning Association. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Up2Us Sports and the Partnership for After School Education (PASE). Mr. Berlin has also been a Leadership Fellow at the Citizens’ Committee for the Children of New York City and a Greater NY Class of 2020 Fellow.
Mr. Berlin lives in Harlem with his wife, Kara, and two children, Logan and Sylvie.