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Keith Berman, founder and president

Keith Berman is a Certified Education Planner (CEP) by the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners, and is the creator and instructor of Johns Hopkins University's CTY College Prep course. His other current professional activities including consulting with the American Museum of Natural History and the NYC Department of Education.

He has worked as the staff trainer in the Rochester City Public Schools (NY) and the staff trainer for The Princeton Review -- India. His in-school guidance positions include being Interim Director of College Guidance at the Rudolf Steiner School, the staff consultant at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys, and a New York City Teaching Fellow in the New York City Public Schools.

Mr. Berman is a Roy E. Larsen Award recipient from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has held several admissions positions at Ivy League institutions. He worked for Yale University as a Senior Interviewer, and a three-year member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Office. He also held an Interviewer position at the Harvard College Admissions Office, where he interviewed prospective students and participated in undergraduate admissions committee meetings. He has won awards from Harvard University, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, AmeriCorps, and the New York City Teaching Fellowship.

He has spoken at a number of venues, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Wesleyan, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, the Yale Club of NYC, the NYU Center for Family Life, the Parents Network at Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young Working Families Network and the Young Presidents Organization.

Mr. Berman is quoted numerous times on issues related to school selection in US News & World Report's America's Best Colleges: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Yale Daily News, Harvard Crimson and Columbia Spectator. He was also quoted in "The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions..." by the Princeton Review, and "Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips From the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors". The March 2006 issue of Boston Magazine listed Options for College as the premier option for parents with college-bound children (OFC was in Boston until 2007). Keith is a member of the Bank Street College Alumni Association Advisory Board, and runs a series of programs on career options for young educators. He is also a class officer at Yale.

He earned his B.A. as a double major at Yale University and his M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. His other experiences include being a school teacher in the New York City public school system, earning an M.S.Ed. at Bank Street College, and being a researcher at a Washington, D.C. education think tank, developing a national testing project and working on technology and special education issues of national importance. He also organized and executed recruitment efforts for the American Institutes for Research at Yale. Mr. Berman grew up in Irvington, NY (Westchester County), and has lived in Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, and New Haven, CT. He currently lives with his wife, son, and daughter in New York.

Contact Mr. Berman directly at: kberman@optionsforcollege.com.

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