Kenneth H. Zimmerman, Member of the Firm at Lowenstein Sandler and Chair of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, has been named an Advisor to Harvard Law School's new Public Service Venture Fund. The first program of its kind at a law school, the fund will offer "seed money" for start-up non-profit ventures and salary support to graduating J.D. students who hope to pursue post-graduate work at nonprofits or government agencies.
The fund is planned to start with distributions of $1 million annually and increase as Harvard Law School works to raise additional resources. The Public Service Venture Fund will be governed by a board that includes school senior administrators, faculty members, and alumni from both the private and public sectors.
A noted civil rights attorney, Mr. Zimmerman's practice focuses on the strategic direction and implementation of Lowenstein Sandler's pro bono and public advocacy initiatives. He oversaw the development and 2009 launch of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, which builds on the firm's commitment to public service by addressing social issues and providing community assistance in six areas: children and education; immigration; criminal justice; civil and human rights; the arts; and sustainable/community development.
Mr. Zimmerman recently served as a member of the Presidential Transition Team preparing the new Administration's activities related to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and served a four-month stint as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan following the inauguration. He also has an appointment as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program.
Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler, Mr. Zimmerman served as Chief Counsel to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine (2006-2008), where he and his staff were responsible for legislative matters, judicial and prosecutorial appointments, and the oversight of the state's many independent commissions and authorities. Mr. Zimmerman was the founding Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a Newark-based urban advocacy and research organization, and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs in the Office of Fair Housing in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.