We honor his memory, not by this beautiful bridge… but by continuing on in his fight for social justice.
Inspired by his courage
Leonard P. Zakim (1953-1999)
Lenny Zakim believed that one person can change the world. As exemplified by the iconic bridge that bears his name, his dedication to building connections and coalitions between people of different faiths, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds continues to have impact today, around Greater Boston and far beyond. For twenty years, as a civil rights leader, Lenny fought tirelessly to put an end to racism, anti-Semitism, civil rights violations, and hatred of all kinds.
The Lenny Zakim Fund is only one example of Lenny’s profound ability to promote change.
In 1995, shortly after being diagnosed with a rare cancer, Lenny worked with friends and other generous donors to establish The Lenny Fund ™. With a deep personal belief that extraordinary social change could be created at the grassroots level by advocating personal empowerment and community partnership, the mission was clear: They have the will. They have the creativity, but they lack the means. We give them the means. Today, The Lenny Zakim Fund continues to symbolize the work of an exceptional man who dedicated his life toward shaping a better society, one in which justice prevails and human differences are celebrated.
The Lenny Zakim Fund was launched by Lenny, not as a family foundation, but as a 501c3 public charity. With a highly efficient and talented three-person staff, LZF receives pro bono office space, accounting and audit, administrative and IT support, as well as donated services for communications, design, and printing. Grant allocation, management assistance, fundraising, and more are accomplished through the active, hands-on engagement of a volunteer Board of Directors.
Celebrating 23 Years of Growing the Grassroots
Robert P. Sherman
Executive Director Jude Goldman joined The Lenny Zakim Fund in 2006 following her position as Executive Director of the Massachusetts School-Age Coalition. A corporate refugee, Jude enjoyed a 24-year career in printing and publishing. Her last private sector position was as a Vice President for a division of Times Mirror. Originally from Wakefield, MA, she is a longtime resident of Roslindale where she lives with her husband, photographer and humorist Ed Braverman, and Rocket J. Cat. Jude holds a BA from Emerson College and a Certificate in Offset and Letterpress Printing from Boston Evening Trade School. Her profound commitment to social justice was inspired by two civil rights heroes, her childhood mentor, W. Haywood Burns, and Lenny Zakim.
Director Jeannette Andre serves as the Deputy Director for The Lenny Zakim Fund, where she manages the Fund’s grantmaking processes and all management assistance for its grantees. Since 2009, Jeannette has held a variety of positions in the philanthropic sector that has allowed her to criss-cross the country — from interning in Washington, DC to serving as an Americorps VISTA and VISTA coordinator at Social Venture Partners in Seattle, Washington. Jeannette received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Asian studies from the University of Florida. In her free time, Jeannette volunteers with the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association by helping to manage their web presence and fostering dogs. Jeannette lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and their two dogs.
Semele Turro is a proven development and nonprofit professional with eight years of experience working with NGOs, community organizations, and governments. She graduated from Arcadia University with a BA in International Studies and Queens University Belfast with an MSc in Sustainable Development. She spent the bulk of her career working in grassroots nonprofits: from protecting the Northern Irish coastline to elevating stories from perspectives of color in U.S. public media. She comes to the Lenny Zakim Fund from the Futuro Media Group where she was Senior Development Officer. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Semele spent nearly eight years living in between Belfast, London, and Dublin – with a few stints in Philadelphia – before she repatriated back to the US in 2014. Semele enjoys hiking, travelling, and pottery.
Program & Office Administrator
Evy Tran is a proud foster care alumni and an aspiring clinical social worker with a passion for learning innovative and applicable intervention modalities. Before she received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College School of Social Work, she lived abroad in South Korea teaching English and volunteering at local orphanages. Her passion for social justice work led her to The Lenny Zakim Fund; where she enjoys the role of supporting people through administrative tasks. Evy loves traveling, going out to eat, and playing with her two dogs.
The Bridge Builders honors and recognizes contributions from our most exemplary, superstar supporters because of their long-term commitment to The Lenny Zakim Fund
In memoriam: Richard Balzer, Christina Caturano Ryan, and Jonathan Samen
Amy Shulman Weinberg
Board members emeritus honors those who have shown outstanding leadership, commitment, and generosity while serving on the Lenny Zakim Fund board.
Jennifer Winn Aronson
Amy Belkin Mofenson