Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Russ Pomeranz has twenty five years experience in senior financial function management roles in leading non-profits with missions related to independent school education, the arts, social services, and key think-tanks.. Most recently, he has started his own consulting firm, The Claverack Advisory Group, where he intends to focus on the critical connection between the non-profit financial function and organizational programmatic, strategic, and financial trajectories.
He served as the Manager of Financial Advisory Services for Fiscal Management Associates, a consulting firm focused on the financial function continuum of non-profit organizations of differing sizes, missions, and organizational health. His role varied from Interim CFO positions, leading business planning engagements, organizational budgeting, situational consulting, coaching with regards investment pools, and, training for social service, settlement house, arts, association, foundation, and government clients.
Prior to becoming consultant, Russ was the COO/CFO of the Vera Institute of Justice, a $20 million criminal justice think tank where he worked closely with program staff to start and ultimately spin-off societal justice mission focused but financial viable non-profits (i.e. Esperanza). He also started the Vera development department, which grew unrestricted revenues from $50,000 to $1,000,000 in approximately 3 years He has also held the positions of the Director of Finance at the Council of Foreign Relations, a $30 million foreign policy think tank with a $150,000,000 investment pool, CFO of Spence Chapin Services to Families and Children, as well as senior finance positions with Meet the Composer and the International Center of Photography. He started his non-profit career as the Business Manager of the Maret School in Washington D.C. where he also taught geometry and economics.
Mr. Pomeranz has seen both sides of the non-profit governance continuum serving on numerous Boards including Jobpath, Workforce Professional Development Institute (WPTI), Economic Mobility, and the Advisory Board of the Berkshire Taconic Center for Non-Profit Excellence. He is also the President Emeritus of the Columbia County Historical Society. He has been published in the New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal, Register Star and the CPA Journal, continually advocated and articulated the importance of the financial function and the CFO role in the delivery of the mission of non-profits. He has served on numerous panels including the Better Business Bureau, NYSAE, and the American Federation of the Arts and has presented widely on numerous non-profit financial function issues. He has also been an adjunct Professor at the Columbia School for Public Health. He has a degree in Economics from Haverford College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Social Entrepreneurship: Financial and Budget Strategies
This course is as much about story telling as it is about the underlying financial managerial, and strategic concepts that are critical to mission achievement and financial success. The class will provide an introduction to the financial concepts, tools, and analytical thinking that integrates programmatic and strategic priorities which enable innovative ideas to start and grow to financially viable sustainable projects and organizations. The focus will be on models and practices common to both the non-profit and for-profit sectors as well as understanding the implications of their differences.