Kristen Zimmerman is a senior fellow at the Movement Strategy Center. She was drawn to the Center for its spirit of innovation and the opportunity to bring bold, audacious ideas to life. She has stayed because of a shared commitment to risk taking and embodying new ways of being. As a senior fellow, she leads the development of the Center’s transformative movement building methodology. Her primary focus is the integration of mind-body practices with movement building and social change strategy. Her writing, which includes Out of the Spiritual Closet: Organizers Transforming the Practice of Social Justice, has helped to catalyze and shift innovative work in multiple sectors. She currently serves on the design team and faculty for the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence — a 10-year movement building initiative to end gender-based violence. She trains in Zen, is an activist-organizer in special education, and is the proud and inlove parent of Jonah, her nine-year-old son with Down syndrome.

This profile was last updated on October 1, 2014

Mind & Life Connections


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Pre-Conference Workshop – From Grassroots Community Building to Generating a Movement

Leslie Booker, Kristen Zimmerman

Topics: Education | Social Change