Zena Lum

Senior Advisor, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Zena Lum

Zena Lum serves as Senior Advisor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Lindauer, having been a member of the Lindauer team for more than nine years. This role synthesizes her depth and breadth of knowledge of the nonprofit sector; her experience as a recruiter and fundraiser for mission-driven organizations; and her deep professional and personal networks. As Senior Advisor for DEI, Zena ensures that Lindauer sustains, enhances and continues to activate its leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion across nonprofit leadership and advancement. Building on Lindauer’s longstanding position as the nation’s #1 firm for advancement search, the firm is committed to leveraging its growth to influence hiring, retention and professional advancement of BIPOC individuals across broader segments of administrative and leadership roles.

A sought-after panelist and facilitator for her experience in the field, Zena has presented for African American Development Officers Network (AADO), AFP Massachusetts, CASE Multicultural Advancement Professionals, Grant Professionals Association – New England Chapter, Women in Development (WID), Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WŌC), and YW Boston. She co-chaired the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for WID Greater Boston, serves as an Advisory Committee member for WŌC, and is a LeadBoston Alumni Ambassador. She is an engaged member of her community, serving on the Development Committee for United South End Settlements and on the Executive Board for the Girls’ and Boston Latin Academy Association.

With more than 25 years dedicated to mission-driven organizations, Zena has directly raised tens of millions of dollars for leading organizations in Boston such as WGBH, Jumpstart for Young Children, and New England Aquarium. Prior to joining Lindauer, Zena served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for Boston Public Schools. As a recruiter, Zena has placed development leaders across the country and across the sector that have collectively raised hundreds of millions more to advance education, the arts, health care, and social and environmental justice. While mission is her “North Star,” successful navigation is predicated on her strengths in building genuine relationships and the ability to see connections and commonalities that lead to high-impact matchmaking, in fundraising, recruiting, and talent management.

Zena has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University.


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