Amy Margerum Berg steps down from Aspen Institute to work for Ken Burns organization |

Amy Margerum Berg steps down from Aspen Institute to work for Ken Burns organization

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Amy Margerum Berg

Amy Margerum Berg has left the Aspen Institute to serve as president of The Better Angels Society, a nonprofit established by documentarian Ken Burns.

Berg worked for 16 years at the Aspen Institute as its corporate secretary and executive vice president for development and operations.

The Better Angels Society is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving American history and funding the education, production and preservation of documentaries by Burns.

At the Aspen Institute, Berg helped expand the size, scope and reach of the organization, according to a statement from the think-tank, noting it grew from a $50 million budget with 150 employees to more than $260 million and 362 employees.

Berg also helped grow the community-outreach program in Aspen, opening the Institute to a multitude of schoolchildren and members of the local community. She oversaw upgrades to the institute’s Aspen Meadows campus, including new construction that enhanced the institute’s capacity for hosting large-scale public events, such as the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Berg’s exit also signals a reorganization of the Institute’s leadership structure. Eric Motley has been elevated to executive vice president of development and corporate secretary to the board of trustees. Namita Khasat is serving as executive vice president of finance and administration, chief financial officer and corporate treasurer. Cristal Logan has been promoted to vice president, Aspen, and Becky Ward will oversee the institute’s Aspen Meadows campus facilities.