Mike Pratt

Mike Pratt has been the president and executive director of the Scherman Foundation since 2009. He served as program officer from 1996 until 2009, and continues to serve as the foundation’s treasurer, overseeing its investment portfolio. Mr. Pratt has provided leadership in several outside philanthropic roles, including serving as chair and treasurer of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, as chair of the Strategic Planning and Public Policy committees of Philanthropy New York, and as chair of the advisory committee of the Initiative for Neighborhood Organizing (INCO.) Prior to entering the world of philanthropy through a one-year fellowship at the Rockefeller Family Fund in 1995, Mr. Pratt practiced law with the civil division of New York City’s Legal Aid Society for ten years, developing expertise in equitable development, federal housing subsidies, and landlord tenant law. Earlier, he worked for New York Interest Research Group as a community organizer, later becoming director of the Straphangers Campaign. He serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees of Pratt Institute and chair of Philanthropy New York. Mr. Pratt received his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and a JD at NYU School of Law.