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Interview with Ken Zimmerman

Ken Zimmerman was chief counsel to Governor Corzine from 2006 to 2008, working on a number of policy objectives, including the abolition of the death penalty and the creation of a new public school funding system. He came to Governor Corzine’s office after spending seven years as the first executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, building an organization dedicated to supporting the revitalization of Newark. Zimmerman had also spent time as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he worked for future Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and as deputy assistant secretary for enforcement and programs in the department of housing and urban development’s office of fair housing, where he worked for future New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

After leaving Governor Corzine’s office, Zimmerman became a litigation partner at Lowenstein Sander PC, where he was the head of the pro bono practice group. He later served on the presidential transition team for the Obama Administration’s department of housing and urban development. Zimmerman then directed the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs and served as a co-director of the Open Society Policy Center, the foundations’ advocacy arm, where he was responsible for over $100 million a year in grant-making. Currently, Zimmerman is a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Furman Center, a joint project of the NYU School of Law and the Wagner School of Public Service.


Interview on July 11, 2019Transcript available here (pdf)