About Tom


I was born and raised in North Adams. I attended East (Sullivan) School and North Adams Middle School (Conte), and graduated from Drury High School. My family - including my father, Gary Janulewicz, and my mother and stepfather, Jane and Tom Bernard - has a long history of public service through public education. I am proud of and inspired by the service my parents gave to the school system and I am equally grateful for the education I received from the many dedicated teachers in the North Adams schools. From them and from my family I gained the knowledge and skills that enabled me to attend Williams College.

Following my graduation from Williams, I lived and worked in the greater Boston area for several years. I returned to the Berkshires in 2004 (and to North Adams in 2005) with my wife Jennifer and our daughter Alexandra when I had the opportunity to join the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) staff as a Development Officer.


Following MASS MoCA I spent eight years at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) where I served as Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations; Executive Assistant to the President and Clerk of the Board of Trustees; and Director of Business Affairs. During my time at MCLA, I participated in the Berkshire Leadership Program, and earned a master of public administration degree from Westfield State University.

I currently serve as Director of Special Projects in the President’s Office at Smith College in Northampton, MA. While commuting daily to the Pioneer Valley, I remain involved in the local community. My current service to the North Adams and surrounding Northern Berkshires includes:

  • President, Drury High School Band Parents’ Association (2015-present)

  • Member, Drury High School Council (2015-present)

  • Member, North Adams Human Services Commission (2012-present; chair 2015-present)

  • Member, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Pastoral Council (2010-2012; 2014-present)


Past service has included:

  • Member, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee (2012-2014)

  • Member, Northern Berkshire United Way allocations panel (2011-2012)

  • Board member, Develop North Adams/North Adams Chamber of Commerce (2010-2014)

  • Board and finance committee member, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) (2007-2014)

  • Steering committee member, Berkshire Leadership Program (2008-2009, 2013-2014)

  • Member, Saint Stanislaus Kostka School board (2007-2015)

  • Board member, Take and Eat, Inc., meals program (2005-2013)

  • Board member, Mohawk Trail Association (2004-2006)

I am a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish.

My family resides in North Adams on Elder Avenue.