Founder, Executive Director and Chair Emeritus
Beth is the inspiration behind Pets for Patriots. Growing up, her family home was never without a dog or two, always adopted from local shelters. Seeing so many dogs and cats without the loving embrace of a family had a profound impact on her. She vowed that one day she would find a way to save them all.
As a result of these experiences Beth developed an abiding passion for animals, particularly those who were neglected, abused, and unwanted. She dreamed of saving every shelter animal in the country so that they could know the love a forever family.
At the same time, an abiding love of country animated the Zimmerman household. Beth’s parents impressed upon all their children an enduring respect for our nation’s history, as well as for its veterans and military families.
Although her own family does not have a strong military tradition, Beth came to learn about a relative who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWII. Captain Jacob Joseph was just 22 years old when he died in action at Guadalcanal while serving in the Marines. Five years later the native New Yorker was honored with a playground bearing his name which remains an oasis for children in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.
Beth brings more than 25 years of business and entrepreneurial experience to Pets for Patriots. These include a decade as a practicing architect, and more than 10 years as a business and branding strategist for companies in the financial, technology, healthcare, utility, and other sectors. These diverse experiences help her invest Pets for Patriots with excellence in all aspects of its strategy and operations.
Beth is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Master of Architecture, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
In 2012 Beth and her mother Naomi adopted Bunny, a senior Beagle mix who died cancer in 2016. In November 2017 Beth adopted Benny, who was at the time a nearly 10 year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. Benny always loved visiting his “grandma” Naomi, who passed away in mid-2018.
Beth served as Board Chair from 2009 through 2016, at which time Keith Weaver was elected to serve as Board Chair.