Celebrating 23 Years of Growing the Grassroots
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.
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.
Interim Executive Director
Sue Heilman began serving as Interim Executive Director in early September 2019. She has served in similar roles for a number of social justice organizations in the Boston area in recent years, and prior to that was the Executive Director of Horizons for Homeless Children for more than 18 years, where she received a grant from “The Lenny Fund”, as it was then called, in 1995!
Program and Office Administrator
Dominique Cortes-Ramos joined the Lenny Zakim Fund in 2019, inspired by LZF’s grassroots-oriented mission. Born in Texas to immigrant parents, Dominique has called Boston and Western Mass. home since the age of 5. Dominique holds an MA in Sustainable International Development and an MS in Global Health Policy and Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University in addition to completing a fellowship with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Dominique is inspired daily by the communities that work together to promote growth, equity, and justice in their environment.
Robert P. Sherman
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