Aaron Hertzberg is the executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, a nonprofit advocate and catalyst for downtown riverfront and transportation gateway enhancements in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. At the Pawtucket Foundation he works to build public-private partnerships to increase business development resources, market development opportunities and reshape the city’s downtown and riverfront corridor. He is known as a passionate leader that believes that increasing residential density, providing multi-modal transportation choices and building activity clusters will restore downtowns and revitalize urban communities.
Hertzberg holds a master's degree in public affairs from the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University and an undergraduate degree in urban studies from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the board of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, and on the technology committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket.
Prior his work with the Pawtucket Foundation, he worked as the project manager at Sustainable Racine, in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin. During his time with the organization, Hertzberg successfully coordinated neighborhood improvement programs, a community wide vision session, a 50th Anniversary Sister-Cities celebration, community awards programs, fundraisers and annual community volunteer outings. He graduated from the Leadership Racine program in 2005 and was an active board member of the Young Professionals of Racine.
Hertzberg is an avid soccer fan and enjoys traveling and hiking. He lives in Pawtucket with his wife, Carie who is the executive director of Rhode Island Campus Compact and their adorable daughter, Jane.