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, dog Jack, 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, at the Philanthropy Roundtable 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.
Derek Bird joined the Lenny Zakim Fund as the full-time Program Assistant for the Lenny Zakim Fund in 2017. He is responsible for day-to-day management of administrative duties including scheduling, database management, newsletter and other communications, assisting with events, and office logistics. Derek is gaining skills in grant making and management assistance. Professionally, Derek has always been passionate about helping others and creating a positive experience for the greater good. He has worked with many charities in and around the Greater Boston area on a volunteer and fundraising basis. A born and raised New Englander, Derek currently lives in the South End of Boston. He likes to spend his summers hiking in New Hampshire and his winters skiing all over. On the weekends, he can be found cooking for his friends and family, at a concert, or just taking a nice leisurely stroll along the Charles River.
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