Program Officer, Education, Leadership, and Engagement
Julia Zimmerman is the Program Officer for the Education, Leadership, and Engagement team at the Center for Community Progress. As an experienced project manager and arts administrator, Zimmerman leverages her unique background to support strategies that address vacant and abandoned property through Community Progress’ events and fellowships, with a special focus on the potential of creative placemaking.
In her role, Zimmerman is instrumental to helping Community Progress bring people together. She supervises and executes the organization’s monthly educational webinars; uplifts resident leaders by supporting the learning exchanges and programming of the Community Revitalization Fellowship; and has pulled off intensive multi-day training events for local government staff through the Vacant Property Leadership Institute.
Previously, Zimmerman worked as the Curatorial Assistant at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (NBAM/AW) where she managed the creative placemaking program “Creative Courts,” co-curated equity-focused exhibitions like “Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter,” and managed public communications focused on equity and accessibility. Zimmerman’s experience also includes a deep background in creative placemaking and public programming through her Americorps VISTA service at NBAM/AW and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park; work with the Art Students League of New York’s “Model to Monument” program; and an internship with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
Zimmerman received bachelor’s degrees in the History of Art and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. She is based in Washington, DC.