Julianne Zimmerman

Lecturer, Derby Entrepreneurship Center
Courses:  ENT141 Innovative Social Enterprises

Julianne Zimmerman is all in on durable, transformative, reparative systems change. In her current role as Managing Director for Adasina Capital, she is on the front lines of social justice investing, drawing on more than 30 years’ experience putting technology and capital to work for the greater good. She has been a change instigator across multiple sectors, where she and her co-conspirators have catalyzed industry shifts, won awards, and set new standards. Julianne is an active participant in communities advancing racial / social / gender equity; teaches at Tufts; speaks and writes on innovation and impact; mentors with MIT VMS and others; and frequently serves as a reviewer, judge and connectrix in the US and abroad.

Julianne earned two SB degrees from MIT (Aero/Astro Engineering and Literature / Humanities), an MS from the University of Maryland (Aeronautical Engineering), an executive certificate from the Presidio Graduate School (Sustainability Management) ; and completed CRT Summer School. She served as an EMT in Maryland and in Massachusetts, and was twice a finalist in the NASA astronaut selection process. Julianne is a 2020 Conscious Company World Changing Woman and 2022 Forbes 50>50 honoree.