Michael Zimmerman joined The Patterson Foundation as its fifth fellow in September 2021. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Michael brings a robust understanding of innovative philanthropy earned through his extensive academic and professional career.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with foci in Latin America and the Middle East from Elon University. He participated in two semesters abroad in both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Fluent in Spanish, Michael began his career in the for-profit sector, endeavoring to Panama for his first role out of undergrad. Three years into his role, Michael quickly realized his passion for philanthropy and subsequently moved his career to the nonprofit sector.
While completing his Executive Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies remotely from IUPUI’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Michael served as Senior Development Executive for American Friends of the Hebrew University in New York City. He was responsible for fundraising efforts engaging individuals, foundations, corporations, and grantmaking institutions. Recently, he played an integral role in “Titans of Global Health,” a virtual awards celebration that honored Dr. Anthony Fauci and the co-founders of Regeneron while raising more than $1 million.
Michael is thrilled to be working alongside colleagues inspired by new and innovative models of philanthropy that seek to address our community’s most pressing concerns. By developing connective tissue to build lasting relationships, Michael intends to create positive impact and change through constructive philanthropy.
Michael currently resides in Sarasota, Florida. He enjoys the outdoors, cooking delicious foods, trying new restaurants, hiking, bike riding, swimming, the beach, chai tea lattes, art, culture, languages, and participating in Jewish and LGBTQ+ communities/spaces.
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To contact Michael: mZimmerman@thepattersonfoundation.org