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Julianne Zimmerman

Lecturer
Engineering Management & Innovation (Gordon Institute)

Julianne Zimmerman

Julianne Zimmerman

Lecturer
Engineering Management & Innovation (Gordon Institute)

Phone 617-627-311
Tufts Gordon Institute, Suite 2400
200 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
social entrepreneurship
Biography: 

For over 25 years, Julianne Zimmerman has focused on putting technology to work for the greater good. In her current role as managing director with Reinventure Capital, she is in the process of raising a fund to invest in a chronically overlooked pool of entrepreneurs: people of color and women. Previously, as co-founder of seed-stage investment firm Vodia Ventures, Zimmerman invested in startups in energy, water, food, and health. As an external consultant, vice president of communications, vice president of business development, and vice president of engineering, Julianne has built departments, managed alpha projects, guided branding and identity efforts, and led a wide variety of initiatives from blank page to successful in many cases, award-winning completion.

Zimmerman holds an executive certificate in sustainability management from the Presidio Graduate School. She previously served as a certified EMT in Maryland and Massachusetts, and was twice a finalist in the NASA astronaut selection process. She is a frequent speaker, reviewer, and judge for innovation and entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. and abroad; she currently serves on the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and as a founding principal of Great Dome Associates. 

Education: 
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 1996
B.S., Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, MIT, 1988
Professional Experience: 
2017-present:

Lecturer, Tufts Gordon Institute

2016-present:

Managing Director, Reinventure Capital

2015-present:

Founding Principal, Great Dome Associates

2013-2014:

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Vodia Ventures

2011-2012:

President, ZMR

2007-2009:

VP, Communications, General Compression

2006-2007:

VP, Engineering, Ovation Products Corporation

2004-2006:

Director, Business Development, GreenFuel Technologies Corporation