Scott Berkowitz, President

Portrait of Scott Berkowitz, president of RAINNScott Berkowitz is the founder and president of RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. In 1994, Berkowitz conceived of, developed, and launched the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE), the nation’s first decentralized hotline, connecting those in need with help in their local communities. In 2006, RAINN launched the Online Hotline (, the first online crisis intervention service in the United States. The award winning platform is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7. Berkowitz has grown RAINN’s programs to include work in the public policy and public education spheres, often partnering with lawmakers and network producers to elevate the conversation about sexual violence. Since its founding, RAINN had educated more than 130 million Americans a year about sexual assault.

Berkowitz is also the CEO of A&I Publishing, a firm that specializes in media start-ups, acquisitions and management. Previously, Berkowitz worked for Campaigns & Elections magazine, serving the last four of his seven-year tenure as publisher. While there, he created a political training organization that trained more than 100 members of the US Congress and conducted the first-ever democratic training in the then-Soviet Union and the then-totalitarian countries of Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Nigeria. Prior to that, he worked in finance roles on several political campaigns.

Berkowitz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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