Director, Policy Reform and Advocacy
As director of policy reform and advocacy, Noah Berger advances Casey’s efforts to inform, guide and influence public policy at the state and federal levels. He is responsible for the Foundation’s KIDS COUNT network and State Priorities Partnership, as well as grant-making portfolios in poverty reduction and in budget and fiscal issues.
Before joining the Foundation in November 2018, Berger was president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget), a nonpartisan policy organization that is part of the KIDS COUNT network and the State Priorities Partnership. Under Berger’s leadership, MassBudget’s research and analysis was widely relied on in debates that led to numerous state policy improvements for children and families, including paid family and medical leave, earned paid sick days, a $15 an hour minimum wage and tax reforms that generated revenue for public services families rely on.
Earlier in his career, Berger served as policy director for the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee and as counsel and policy director for the Massachusetts Senate President. During that time, he worked on successful efforts to substantially expand access to high-quality early education and to create universal access to health care for children. He also helped to draft the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993 that dramatically increased education funding, particularly in lower-income communities. That law also introduced a number of reforms to improve the quality of public education.
Berger is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.