Kerri Kaplan is the President and CEO of The Lustgarten Foundation, which is America’s largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research, with more than $118 million in total contributions toward advancing research. As Executive Director and COO, Kerri oversees all aspects of The Lustgarten Foundation’s operational activities, including major fundraising initiatives, patient outreach, and the Foundation’s in-depth research portfolio.
Kerri played a critical role in the establishment of The Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, NY, which focuses exclusively on pancreatic cancer research, and in the formation of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Consortium, a collaborative research effort involving six world-renowned medical institutions. Additionally, under Kerri’s leadership, The Lustgarten Foundation has collaborated with Stand Up To Cancer to form four world-renowned pancreatic cancer research teams using novel approaches to make significant progress towards a cure.
During Kerri’s tenure, The Lustgarten Foundation has also received numerous accolades. Most recently, The Lustgarten Foundation was recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, the country’s premier independent charity evaluator, a designation that only 2 percent of the charities rated by this prestigious organization have received. The rating is an invaluable measure of the public’s opinion on how trustworthy, ethical and fiscally responsible a nonprofit is. The Lustgarten Foundation was also honored by Long Island Business News with a Nonprofit of the Year Award for Corporate Citizenship for the Foundation’s efforts in going above and beyond as an outstanding corporate citizen and for the Foundation’s commitment to the greater good.
Kerri contributed to the launch of The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s award-winning curePC pancreatic cancer awareness campaign as well. The campaign uses Cablevision’s media and entertainment assets to draw attention to the Foundation’s efforts and the fight against pancreatic cancer. She continues to have daily oversight for the campaign’s ongoing efforts on behalf of The Lustgarten Foundation’s involvement.
Prior to joining The Lustgarten Foundation in 2006, Kerri served as executive director of the Long Island Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In this role, she managed all chapter activities and oversaw the implementation of local patient services, including the creation of programs to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Previously, Kerri worked in the organization’s New York City Chapter.
Kerri holds a degree in business administration from Emory University.