Barry Berman

Chief Philanthropy Officer and Founding Executive

Barry Berman serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer of Legacy Lifecare. In addition, Barry serves as CEO of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and JGS Lifecare, the founding affiliates of Legacy Lifecare. Mr. Berman began his tenure in Chelsea in 1977; he expanded and rebuilt the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, the flagship property of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, in 1983. From there, he built the Cohen-Florence-Levine Estates, Massachusetts’ first mixed-income assisted living which opened in 1996.  Mr. Berman then led a team that developed the Florence and Chafetz Home for Specialized Care in 2001, a more enhanced assisted living targeted to those with dementia and other compromising conditions.
Additionally, Mr. Berman is responsible for developing the award-winning Leonard Florence Center for Living, the first urban Green House® model nursing home in the nation. The Center, which opened in February 2010, provides skilled nursing care in a home environment to the elderly and those with medical and physical disabilities. Three of the Green House® homes at the Leonard Florence Center are dedicated to those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and MS (multiple sclerosis), the first such residences in the nation.

A graduate of Bentley College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy, Mr. Berman also earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Administration from Assumption  College. Barry served on the Board of Directors of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for many years. Notably, he is the recipient of the prestigious “Leaders of Tomorrow” award from Long Term Living magazine and received the “Award of Honor” from LeadingAge for his work in expanding the world of possibilities for aging services.

Barry Berman resides in Boxford, MA with his wife Cindy and enjoys spending time with their two children and five grandchildren.