BY COREY HENNEBERY // APRIL 30, 2013 //
Kenneth R. Feinberg will deliver the keynote address as commencement speaker at Curry College’s graduation on Sunday, May 19. However, Feinberg recently landed a more impressive role, as administrator of The One Fund Boston.
One Fund was established to collect and distribute donations to help people hurt during the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. As of April 30, nearly $27 million has been raised through public and corporate donations.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino tapped Feinberg, a native of Brockton, Mass., to oversee the allocation of the funds. Specifically, he will decide how much money bombing victims and their families receive. Applications to receive compensation will be made available by May 15, and due June 15, he said.
“It is important that available funds be distributed as quickly as possible to eligible victims,” Feinberg said in a statement. “I take on this responsibility knowing it will require a great deal of listening and compassion and understanding.”
This isn’t the first time Feinberg has been granted such great power. He has headed charitable donations for victims and people affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the BP oil spill, the Virginia Tech shootings, and the Colorado movie theater shootings, among many others.
To be sure, it’s a thankless job.
“We have very emotional victims and you’re offering them money instead of a limb, instead of the return of a family member,” he said in a 2003 story by “60 Minutes.” “This is a no-win situation….There’s no way you immunize yourself from the emotional trauma.”
Feinberg is chairman of the board of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the founder and managing partner of the law firm Feinberg Rozen. Curry will award Feinberg with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree May 19.