It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the tragic passing of our dear friend and colleague, Rose Berg. Rose was the Director of Advocacy and Communications at the Chandler Foundation from November 2019 to May 2021.
During Rose’s year and a half with the foundation, her impact was enormous. She spearheaded the foundations communications and advocacy strategies, dramatically increasing our advocacy and thought leadership within the philanthropy and global development sectors.
Her significant professional contributions to advancing the Chandler Foundation’s impact are too numerous to list, but included developing a Thought Leadership Plan and Communications Manual, revamping the Chandler Foundation website, organizing and/or producing more than one dozen events that together reached tens of thousands, leading the development of Social Investor magazine 2021, and launching a growing social media and digital presence for the Chandler Foundation.
Prior to the Chandler Foundation, Rose held leadership positions as Executive Vice President at Edelman and Weber Shandwick. At Weber, Rose was the inaugural recipient of the Ranny Cooper Award for Exceptional Leadership.
Rose was an advocate for social justice, systems change, and challenging the status quo. She helped create a culture of encouragement, mentorship, learning, empathy, and humility at the Chandler Foundation and in the broader philanthropic sector. She was a true optimist for a more just world.
Those who knew Rose felt her warmth, intelligence and wisdom instantly. Rose had remarkable gifts for human connection, which she used in every interaction. She was quick to find commonalities and to offer uplifting words of encouragement and assurance. Her laughter was contagious, her drive and grit admirable.
Her legacy lives on through her husband, two adult children, and granddaughter, and through her many friends, colleagues, and others whose lives she touched.
Rose, you are deeply missed.