Berkshire United Way announces new Director of Development

Pittsfield, Mass. – Berkshire United Way announces the hire of 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. Lee Bank President and Berkshire United Way board member, Chuck Leach said, “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.”

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.

About Berkshire United Way

For more than 95 years, Berkshire United Way has been building a stronger community right here in Berkshire County. We support children and families wherever they are in their lives. We provide early education opportunities, so children enter school ready to learn; give young people the tools they need to make healthy decisions; and help working families become financially stable. As part of a worldwide effort to create lasting change, we mobilize people and organizations to develop long-term solutions to current and emerging needs throughout the county.

Our vision is for Berkshire County to become a dynamic, engaged community with opportunities for all.