The Zimmerman Lehman Team
At Zimmerman Lehman we have established a team of knowledgeable, friendly and experienced professionals who can provide the right support and information to ensure a healthy future for your nonprofit. Our firm was founded in 1988 by Robert M. Zimmerman, nationally known fundraising specialist and author. The Zimmerman Lehman team includes experts in areas of nonprofit development and management, such as board of director training and assessment, strategic planning and facilitation, fundraising, inclusion and gender policy and planning. Each Zimmerman Lehman associate is an independent consultant in the nonprofit sector with a unique area of expertise; we put together a team to make sure that all client needs are met. Zimmerman Lehman provides fresh insight, efficient and reliable service, sensitivity to the nonprofit culture, and an objective voice backed by decades of experience.
Ann W. Lehman, JD, Principal at Zimmerman Lehman, Governance, Training and Gender Specialist, has worked in the public interest arena for more than 35 years as a lawyer, executive director, policy expert and consultant. Ms. Lehman has authored Board Members Rule: How to Be a Strategic Advocate for your Nonprofit and Boards That Love Fundraising. At the start of her legal career, Ms. Lehman supervised a storefront public interest law center in Portland geared to senior citizens and was the executive director of the California Law Center on Long Term Care. In May 2014, Mayor Ed Lee honored Ann for 20 years of advocating for woman and girls as the Gender Advisor for the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. There she spearheaded a private/public collaboration, the Gender Equality Principles Initiative (GEP), creating a gender audit and model practices developed with help from corporate and nonprofit partners such as Google, Levi Strauss & Co., Gap, Deloitte, Twitter, Catalyst and the Center for Talent Leadership. Ann's Gender Services.
Ms. Lehman is also the editor of ZimNotes, the free nonprofit e-newsletter now in its 18th year of publication. Ms. Lehman teaches workshops in such areas as board members' roles and responsibilities, board and staff relations, strategic board member recruitment, advocacy, strategic planning, leadership, and major donor fundraising, as well as human rights, bias, gender analysis and gender budgeting. Ms. Lehman holds a BA from Rutgers University, New Jersey and a JD from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon.
Amy Ackerman, JD, Gender Legal Specialist & Public Board Expert, serves as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and has over 20 years of experience practicing law in the public and nonprofit sectors. She served as the legal counsel to the Commission on the Status of Women, for which she drafted San Francisco’s landmark CEDAW ordinance, based on the human rights for women treaty and directed the investigation and authored the City Attorney’s investigative report on the domestic violence homicide of Claire Joyce Tempongko----which led the City to make substantial reforms to the City’s response to domestic violence. Ms. Ackerman also helped establish and sat on the advisory board for the Gender Equality Principles Initiative, a workplace program that promotes gender equality. Amy spent 16 years as a deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, advising boards, departments, commissions and task forces, including drafting legislation. Currently, Amy is a consulting attorney with the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), providing legal services and policy analysis to help communities nationwide promote healthy eating and active living. Amy is a graduate of Brown University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Stanford University Law School.
Judith Kunofsky, Grantwriting Specialist, has worked with nonprofits since 1974. As a senior staff member at the Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance and Yosemite Restoration Trust. Judy gained substantial experience writing grant proposals to foundations, corporations and government agencies. A consultant since 1998, Ms. Kunofsky works with arts, education, environmental, health, and social service clients to prepare well-written, compelling letters of inquiry and proposals that reflect the client's language, tone and emphasis. Judy has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and has received leadership awards from six organizations.
Morrie Warshawski, Strategic Planning and Arts Funding Specialist, has worked in the nonprofit arts sector for over thirty years as an administrator, consultant, facilitator, teacher and writer. His practice has included work with State and Regional Government Agencies (South Carolina, Missouri, Michigan, California), Foundations (Bush, MacArthur, Pew Charitable Trust), The President's Commission on the Arts and the Humanities, and numerous nonprofit organizations in many disciplines (Operation Shoestring, California Coalition for Youth, Michigan Alzheimer's Organization, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, and others). Morrie has extensive experience in strategic planning. He designed and edited a website devoted to strategic planning essays for the National Endowment for the Arts, called Lessons Learned. Morrie is the author of many articles, and of two books, Shaking The Money Tree: How To Get Grants And Donations For Film And Video- 2nd Edition (Wiese Books, LA), and The Fundraising Houseparty.