Zena Lum joined Lindauer in 2011, bringing with her more than17 years of nonprofit and development experience. Zena started her nonprofit experience at the NewEngland Aquarium where she served in successive roles over seven years, before being recruited by Boston’s Museum of Science. Other positions followed with Jumpstart, WGBH, Boston’s public broadcasting affiliate and a national producer of programs for both PBS and NPR. Just prior to joining Lindauer, Zena served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Boston Public Schools (BPS) at the district level.
As a young development professional at the Aquarium, Zena was tapped to serve on its inaugural Diversity Committee; at the time, it was the first committee where trustees and staff served as equals. Being new to Boston, this was her first exposure to Boston’s historical inequities and progress in the context of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. This was further informed as a parent of a BPS student, then later in her professional capacity for BPS. As a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet, Zena managed foundation, corporate, state, and federal funding opportunities, coordinating with other city agencies, and engaging with external partners. She carries an expert understanding of the unique intersections between nonprofits and the communities in which they exist, from leadership and political dynamics to community affairs to civic engagement. She is a champion for, and a student of, the impact that nonprofits can have on local and regional economies and cultural contexts.
Zena continues to hone her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion in professional and personal capacities. She is an alumna of Lead Boston, a year-long program analyzing the root causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges faced by organizations and communities, and serves as a LB Alumni Ambassador. She recently served on the board of Women in Development as the inaugural co-chair ofWID’sDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and remains an active member of the committee after stepping off the board having reached her term limit. She serves on the Advisory Council for newly-launched Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WŌC), and she is a frequent speaker and panelist on career, diversity and inclusion topics.
In her capacity as a senior search consultant, Zena has deep experience across every sector. Her notable clients include Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Boston Children’s Museum, Children’s National Medical Center, The Cambridge School of Weston, City of Hope, Colby College, The Foundation for Business Equity at Eastern Bank, The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical, Inversant, J. Paul Getty Trust, Moffitt Cancer Center, Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, University of Chicago, and UT Health San Antonio.
Zena holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.