Beth Zimmerman

Beth Zimmerman

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 at risk of death had a profound impact on her, and 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 – and 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, service members 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 for our nation 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, to this day, is 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, including a decade as a practicing architect and more than 10 years as a business and branding strategist for companies such as First Data Corporation, Western Union, Pacific Gas & Electric and others. She draws upon these diverse experiences to 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 of the State University of New York at Stony  Brook where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Personally, Beth is the proud co-parent of Bunny, a senior Beagle mix, who was lost to cancer in 2016. In November 2017 she adopted Benny, a nine-and-a-half year-old Boxer/Pit Bull mix, and still dreams of saving every shelter animal in the country.

Beth served as Board Chair from 2009 through 2016, at which time Keith Weaver was elected to serve as Board Chair.


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