Beth Zwick

Beth Zwick is the Senior Program Officer for the Ruderman Foundation.

Beth Zwick has over twenty years of experience in the leadership, management, and development of nonprofit organizations and networks.  Her career has been dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit, nongovernmental “third” sector as the embodiment of our society’s highest values.  In mid-career she integrated a focus on disability inclusion into that work.

Beth began her career managing the women’s center at Brown University, where she worked extensively through interdepartmental networks to address women’s issues broadly across campus.  After graduate school she was appointed Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact, the state chapter of a national network of college presidents. At Campus Compact she founded the first Community Service Coordinators network in the country.

Beth later served on the founding Board of Directors of the Watertown Community Foundation, eventually becoming its first Executive Director. In that position she launched two community networks– both of which are still thriving– and developed a deep appreciation for philanthropy as a tool for social change.

Reflecting on the struggles of many relatives with disabilities inspired Beth, at mid-career, to re-focus the content of her work on disability inclusion. In 2010 she won a graduate fellowship on disability policy at the Shriver Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As part of this fellowship she conducted a year-long project with Associated Grant Makers assessing the status of disability inclusion in philanthropy. This work brought Beth to the attention of the Ruderman family; in June 2012 she joined the Foundation as their first full-time staff in the U.S. from outside the family.

Beth holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA in public and nonprofit management from Boston University.  Living in Watertown, Massachusetts with her two children, she recently was honored to receive the inaugural Marilyn Micco Parent Recognition Award from the Watertown Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

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