Ruth Nemzoff

Ruth Nemzoff is a former assistant minority leader of the New Hampshire legislature and former Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare in that state. While a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research, she wrote an historical analysis of the “Changing Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities.” She has also published articles about environmental advertising, women in politics, and Jewish intermarriage. Dr. Nemzoff has served on the boards of the New Hampshire United Way, New Hampshire Business Development Corporation, Boston’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and of Newbury College. She founded a nursery school, a counseling service, and the National Women’s Legislative Lobby. She is a former advisory committee member of the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy and formerly served on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. She is currently on the board of Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children is her first book. Her second is Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family. She and her husband Harris Berman have four adult children, four in-law children and eight grandchildren.