Elaine Gantz Berman has dedicated her decades of professional work and community service to improving the lives of children. Currently serving as a gubernatorially-appointed member of the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Board of Trustees, Elaine previously served as an elected member of the Colorado State Board of Education, and for eight years on the Denver Board of Education, including four years as its President.
Elaine also worked for 18 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton Foundation, focusing on a wide spectrum of children’s issues including adoption, child advocacy, child poverty, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, child health, and public education. Her responsibilities included grant review, site visits, presentations, program development and evaluation. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and commissions and helped in the founding of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Adoption Exchange, the Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.
Elaine’s life and work have been strongly influenced by her Cuban-born mother, as well as her two-years of service in Cali, Colombia with her husband, Steve, where they both worked in community health centers. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a MSPH from the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.