Bruce Berlin is author of Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America: Working Together To Revive Our Democracy. A public sector, ethics attorney and social change activist, Berlin earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University and his J.D. from NYU School of Law. He has devoted himself to social justice issues for over forty-five years. As a lawyer representing low-income clients in New Jersey and Massachusetts in the 70s, he learned a great deal about the hardships low-come people must endure.
A long-time meditator, Berlin is currently certified in Negotiation and Mediation by the National Center for Collaborative Planning and Community Services and in Economic Development by the New Mexico Community Economic Development Leadership Institute.
He is the founder and former executive director of The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution, a nonprofit organization that brought together policymakers, academicians, NGO organizers, and concerned citizens from a wide spectrum of political perspectives, to develop broad-based, bipartisan approaches to a variety of policy issues from national security in the nuclear age to economic development and diversification. While directing The Trinity Forum, Berlin was awarded a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace in 1988 to bring together parties in the Nicaraguan conflict to explore paths to a peace agreement.
During his career, Berlin has been involved in a number of local, state, and national political campaigns. In the early 1980s, as the state coordinator of the New Mexico Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, he directed a successful statewide effort to lobby the New Mexico legislature for the passage of a resolution in support of a US-Soviet freeze on the development and deployment of nuclear weapons.
Prior to his retirement as a lawyer in the fall of 2012, Berlin spent eight years as a senior attorney with the New Mexico Public Education Department, where he brought disciplinary charges against educators for violations of the department’s Code of Ethics. He has resided in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1982.