Ashley B. Berendt
Ashley B. Berendt, Vice President, joined TDC in 2013. She specializes in the design, management, and implementation of complex, multi-year philanthropic initiatives and planning projects. She works with grantmakers to analyze funding ecologies, identify organizational capacity challenges and opportunities, and create sound philanthropic programs with realistic outcomes. In addition to support for grantmakers, Ashley’s practice also includes nonprofit research and analysis; board assessment; municipal planning; strategy coaching; and process facilitation. With over ten years of experience in nonprofit, foundation, and research organizations, Ashley brings multiple perspectives from across the sector to her work with clients.
Prior to joining TDC, Ashley managed project strategy, operations, and development in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont on behalf of the Cultural Data Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts (now DataArts). She led and supported philanthropic initiatives and client-based work at Tides Foundation in San Francisco; conducted nonprofit research at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University; and supported strategic and public opinion research at Peter D. Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C. Ashley began her career at the statewide organization, California FarmLink, where she managed small business development programs and designed a revolving loan fund for low- to middle-income farmers. Ashley holds a BA in religion and sociology from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, where she concentrated in ethics, politics, and civil society.
“TDC draws an incredible array of clients and partners who bring passion and knowledge to their work. I learn so much from these individuals on a daily basis and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to their organizations’ success.”