After an extensive national search, last Thursday the Open Society Foundations announced the appointment of Kenneth Zimmerman as the new executive director of US Programs. A noted civil rights attorney, Ken currently is a litigation partner heading the pro bono practice group at Lowenstein Sandler PC. He was part of the presidential transition team preparing the Obama Administration’s strategy for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Among many other accomplishments, in 1999 Zimmerman became the first executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a Newark-based urban “think-and-do” tank, which shares many similar characteristics of the OSI-Baltimore office in its approach and issues. You can read more about him in the official press release that includes more detailed information.
Zimmerman will take office on July 9th and, as his transition in New York begins, Diana Morris will be returning to OSI-Baltimore full time after a year of serving as the interim executive director.