Vice President and Special Counselor to the President
Mr. Berzonsky advises the President and CEO on all matters related to international relationships with individuals and institutions. He creates opportunities and cultivates relationships for the President and CEO of United Way Worldwide.
Prior to that role, Mr. Berzonsky was charged with overseeing planning, programs and grants at United Way's 45 affiliated countries and territories as a member of United Way International's leadership team. These affiliates raise and allocate funds within their own communities to meet critical local needs. In 2003, these affiliates raised a combined total of more than $805,000,000 (USD), allocated for critical needs in their communities. Including the funds raised within the United States of America, United Ways in total worldwide raised and distributed more than $4.7 billion (USD) in 2003 for important causes.
Mr. Berzonsky was the founding director of The Freedom Forum's European office, located in Zurich, Switzerland. At The Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to promoting freedom of the press and speech, Berzonsky was in charge of all grant making and programs in Western and Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. He also served as Associate Director of the Obor Foundation, an organization dedicated to making texts on basic medical care, emergency medicine and childcare available in local languages to impoverished populations in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Berzonsky also served as International Account Coordinator at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising at its New York headquarters - servicing clients in more than 100 countries - and as Senior Consultant to the U.S./Russian Information Resources Institute.