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 all areas of nonprofit development and management, such as board training, facilitation, fundraising, planning, evaluation, marketing and public relations. 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 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.
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.
Wendy Horng Brawer, MPA, Fundraising and Strategy Specialist, seeks to connect individuals and organizations with the resources, training, and inspiration they need to achieve their goals. Her focus is on developing strong leadership, systems, and institutional culture. Wendy brings 15 years' experience from various perspectives—as a Director of Advancement and Partnerships at Prospect Sierra School (El Cerrito, CA), board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), workshop facilitator, program officer for a private foundation, and nonprofit leadership coach—to help clients towards institutional vitality. Wendy enjoys bringing ideas from "outside the silo" into organizations, helping them develop networks of support beyond normal means. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, a MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and is a candidate for a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Bay Area Teachers Training Institute/University of the Pacific. She is a current member of AFP and the Progressive Consultants Network as well as a community leader, serving on El Cerrito's Economic Development Committee and as Board Chair of the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp, a summer day camp and support group for gender creative youth and their families.
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. Her most recent publications are Buy Healthy, Buy Local: An Analysis of Potential Legal Challenges to State and Local Government Local Purchase Preferences, published in The Municipal Lawyer Magazine and The Urban Lawyer (the National Journal on State and Local Government Law). Amy also served for five years as the inaugural Director of Training for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, developing and supervising delivery of a comprehensive training program for all deputy city attorneys addressing both practice skills and substantive areas of law. She drafted the City’s Good Government Guide, a manual for city officials and commissioners. Amy is a graduate of Brown University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Stanford University Law School.
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.
Mariana Moore, Strategic Counsel, Organizational Development and Capacity Building Specialist, serves nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area that are ready to take their business model and mission impact to the next level. Ms. Moore has over two decades of hands-on experience as an executive director, consultant, facilitator and board chair. With this rich diversity of perspectives, she excels at working with organizational leaders in pragmatic ways to bring out their best thinking and generate high-value outcomes. Mariana specializes in helping executive and board leader of all types of nonprofit organizations to refine their vision, modernize their business model, support excellent leadership, and stay strategically nimble. Mariana received her B.A. from Mills College and was a Fellow with the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in San Francisco. As a facilitator, she is trained in several methodologies, including the Technology of Participation (ToP) through the Center for Strategic Facilitation, Open Space, and Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) through the Center for Right Relationship. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Development Executives Roundtable and Bay Area Nonprofit Consultants. She is also active as a community leader, currently serving on the board of LeaderSpring and as past board chair of the Diablo Valley College Foundation.
Wendy Constantine, Program Evaluator and Survey Researcher, has expertise in survey research as well as in a variety of other evaluation methodologies. She conducts studies in the public interest employing surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Her creative, multi-method studies yield practical information our clients use to improve services to families and communities. In addition to program evaluation, Wendy conducts needs assessments, research to support strategic planning and management consulting. Specialties include study design, questionnaire development, qualitative studies including focus group facilitation, data analyses, and report writing. Wendy enjoys teaming with other consultants and research organizations.
John M. Knox, Public Relations and Marketing Communications Specialist, is a seasoned professional who has more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits and for-profit organizations. John worked at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in San Francisco for seven years, where he served as Director of Public Relations. Following St. Mary's, he was an account supervisor in the San Francisco office of Burson-Marsteller. His background includes newspaper reporting and book publishing. He has earned numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Catholic Health Association. He also has served as an expert witness on the subject of healthcare marketing. John received his Bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, Davis, and he has also completed several post graduate programs and continuing education courses.