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About Me.

I am passionate about supporting healing, justice, and resilience on ecological, community and personal levels.

I have worked in the fields of the environment, integrative healthcare, citizen-centered democracy, education, and international security.  My employers have included Brown University, Harvard University, Saferworld, and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio “Earth Summit”).  

I am by nature a bridge-builder, and have founded or co-founded a number of coalitions and multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the Rhode Island Non-Opioid Pain Treatment Coalition, the Integrative Medicine @ Brown forum, and the Boston-based Integrative Medicine Alliance.

I am a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist and have specialized in Japanese-style shiatsu massage for over 25 years.  I am a registered Zen Shiatsu instructor with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and have over 1000 hours of massage teaching experience on the college level. 

In 2023 I graduated with Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island.  My academic focus was on environmental policy and management, ecological restoration, and coastal and climate resilience.  I graduated with a Bachelor's degree cum laude from Brown University. 


I am currently contracted as a Resilience Planner for the Town of Barrington, Rhode Island, where I provide expertise towards its climate resilience and adaptation activities.  I am a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner-in-Training through the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).

I live in Providence, Rhode Island with my wife Annie Gjelsvik and our two children.  I enjoy cooking, singing, dancing, cross-country skiing, meditation, and t'ai chi.

Karlo Berger informal headshot
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