Mike Pratt, Scherman Foundation

TITLE: President  

FOCUS AREAS: Arts, Environment, Governmental Transparency and Accountability, Human Rights and Liberties, Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Strengthening New York Communities

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PROFILE: Mike Pratt is the president of the Scherman Foundation in New York City. This is a position he has had since 1996. Before that, he worked as a senior staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society and a campaign director for the Straphangers Campaign.

Between 2014 and 2017, Pratt served on the board of directors at Philanthropy New York, as the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, co-chair of the Public Policy Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee. He has also been vice chair of the board of the Pratt Institute.

Pratt’s professional bio shares:

Mike Pratt has been the President and Executive Director of the Scherman Foundation since 2009. He served as Program Officer from 1996 until 2009, and continues to serve as the Foundation’s Treasurer, overseeing its investment portfolio. He has provided leadership in several outside philanthropic roles, including serving as Chair and Treasurer of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Initiative for NeighborhoodOrganizing (INCO.) Prior to entering the world of philanthropy through a one-year fellowship at the Rockefeller Family Fund in 1995, he practiced law with the civil division of New York City’s Legal Aid Society for ten years, developing expertise in equitable development, federal housing subsidies, and landlord tenant law. Earlier, he worked for NYPIRG as a community organizer, later becoming Director of the Straphangers Campaign. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pratt Institute, and is also a board member for the New York Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and a J.D. at the NYU School of Law.

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