Berrick Abramson
Berrick AbramsonSenior Policy Director & Director, Education Program


Berrick joined Keystone in 2017 bringing a diverse background in public policy, education, technology and finance. His policy work has included policy research, development, advancement and implementation in states across the country. Berrick leads Keystone’s education practice and workforce development initiatives. Drawing on his time in both the private and public sectors, he also leads a variety of projects with local and state governments and government agencies with a focus on operational efficiencies and consensus building strategies.

Berrick is a nationally respected thought leader with more than two decades of experience in public policy and education issues and he is frequently sought to speak at national conferences on issues relating to P-20 education and workforce development. Berrick joined Keystone after working for TNTP, a national non-profit, where he led its Policy & Government Affairs practice for seven years, managed state and federal policy research and worked with state leaders and other stakeholders to research, craft, and implement scalable, sustainable systems and policy changes. Berrick has advised state officials, legislators and stakeholders on state policy relating to career readiness strategies, work-based learning (WBL) programs, educator preparation, school turnaround frameworks, career ladder structures and educator compensation systems. In 2016, he authored the nationally read report “Accountability Under ESSA: How States Can Design Systems That Advance Equity & Opportunity” and throughout 2016 and 2017, he managed research projects exploring educator workforce regulations and the role of states governing the rigor, quality and scope of academic offerings in public schools.

Before focusing on education issues at TNTP, Berrick worked in public policy and politics at the local, state and federal level in California and Colorado where he focused on issues relating to education, economic development and the future of the American workforce. As a senior strategist and consultant, his political and policy work included broad work on both sides of the aisle as a campaign manager and strategist for a number of local, state and federal campaigns and ballot initiatives in addition to serving on several international trade and diplomatic missions. Prior to his work in public policy, Berrick worked in corporate finance and technology in San Francisco. He was co-founder and Managing Partner of TPGI Ventures, a boutique venture capital and consulting firm that represented companies and institutional investors on over $750 mm in early round funding transactions. Before launching TPGI, he was an equities trader, led business development and oversaw debt underwritings for MPAC Capital, prior to which he worked in institutional sales/trading at Robertson Stephens & Co., a leading technology investment banking firm.