Giving to Berklee

Debbie Bieri

Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Joined Berklee in 2005

Phone: (617) 747-3094
Fax: (617) 247-8788

Debbie Bieri has been at Berklee College of Music for six years. She joined Berklee as the first senior vice president of institutional advancement on September 12, 2005. This position brings together the office of external affairs, communication, advancement and alumni affairs.

Prior to coming to Berklee, Debbie spent seven years as vice president for university advancement at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. At Clark, she successfully completed a $100 million capital campaign. Before to Clark she served at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, Boston University and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies all in similar senior development and advancement roles. Debbie began her career at Wheelock College.

Debbie's successful capital campaign at Clark enabled the college to establish 10 new endowed professorships, create more than 50 endowed scholarships, build a new art center, and create the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a forum for education and scholarship that has become a powerful model for academic institutions around the world. She also managed a staff of 30 in the advancement office.

As the vice president for development at the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, Debbie was responsible for planning and executing all fundraising. She conducted a $10 million campaign to increase endowment, which was nearly twice the amount raised by any other campaign in the foundation's history. When the Worcester Foundation merged with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Debbie became the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and secured funding for major research priorities at the Center while continuing to execute fundraising goals for the Foundation.

Debbie is a native of Fall River, Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.