Richard Berman

Richard is currently the President and CEO of LICAS, a K-12, College and University, and Health Care consulting firm. For more than 30 years, he has been dedicated to serving his community—in the private and public sectors as well as at the national, state, and local levels.

From 1972 to 1974, he worked in Washington, DC for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He carried this knowledge with him to Albany, New York, where he was a cabinet official from 1977 to 1982, first as Director of the New York State Office of Health Systems Management and then as Commissioner of the Division of Housing and Community Renewal. He was Executive Vice President of NYU Medical Center and Professor of Health Care Management at the NYU School of Medicine from 1983 to 1986 and then joined McKinsey & Company as a Management Consultant. Following this, he spent four years in various roles in the executive search field with Korn Ferry International and Howe-Lewis International. In 1995, Mr. Berman was selected by Manhattanville College to serve as its tenth President. Mr. Berman is credited with the turnaround of the College, where he served until 2009. In 2006, Berman was awarded a Fulbright Commission grant to travel to Uganda and provide strategic planning and leadership training to Kabale University.

Richard has served on the Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equality of the American Council on Education, Division III President’s Council of NCAA, ProPAC, and the New York State’s Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Higher Education. Since “retiring” in 2009, Mr. Berman has served as a consultant to the Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as an advisor to the government of Rwanda in the fields of healthcare and education, and in 2010, he accepted a full-time position as Advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – the largest peacekeeping operation in the world. He is currently an elected member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and is on the Board of EmblemHealth, a healthcare company, as Chairman of the Quality of Care Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Richard attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1966 and his MBA and MPH degrees in 1968. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Manhattanville College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New York Medical College. He served as Chairman of the Seeds of Peace Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012.

“As those at Seeds of Peace are fond of saying, even though governments make treaties, people make peace and prosperity. In order to create a world in which people can work effectively together to build a civil society, we need to consistently and continually aid and encourage this younger generation that has grown up in the shadow of conflict. It can be easy to forget that today’s youth often do not even remember a time of peace and coexistence—they need to be shown what peace is and can be, not simply reminded, and this is the important work that Seeds of Peace undertakes.”