Jaron Bernstein, MBA


Pronouns: he/him/his

“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” – Louis D. Brandeis

Jaron Bernstein, MBA, joined Alford Group in 2021 and brings a decade of nonprofit experience primarily in arts and culture, as well as affordable housing, community development and human services. Jaron began his career at Writers Theatre outside Chicago, leading corporate and foundation fundraising while the organization undertook a $35-million capital campaign to construct a new facility. Prior to returning to Seattle, Jaron completed graduate studies, working with nonprofits and government entities on projects related to organizational strategy and design, audience development, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Jaron ardently believes in the unique power of the nonprofit community to catalyze societal change when equipped with the right strategy, capacity and resources. At Alford Group, Jaron works with organizations to marry vision and strategy with action, identify and establish vital systems and processes, and tell their story effectively. Through active, empathetic listening and honest discussion, Jaron has successfully helped nonprofits of all sizes and across sectors identify their next ambitious leap and the steps to get them there.

Fun Fact: Best exemplifying his love for both Chicago and Seattle, Jaron established Chicago’s first-ever Seahawks bar watch group, now over a decade old! He also enjoys attending the theatre, hiking, rooting for the Sounders and running long distances.

Relevant Experience:

  • AdventHealth Foundation
  • City of Bothell, Washington
  • Coastal Community Foundation
  • Cornish College for the Arts
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • National Louis University
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • YMCA of Snohomish County

Education & Credentials:

  • M.B.A. Arts Administration, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. cum laude, Theatre, Business Institutions, Northwestern University