Richard Zimmerman

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"Richard Zimmerman is a Senior Vice President, Private Banker for HSBC Private Bank in New York. Along with this role he serves as a representative to the Private Bank's Sustainability Initiative. Richard has also held senior positions in private wealth management at Bessemer Trust, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan. Mr. Zimmerman combines his financial career with a passionate interest in helping individuals and organizations operate in more conscious and sustainable ways in the world. He sees innovative opportunities emerging to utilize capital to have both a positive financial return and a beneficial social impact.

"Mr. Zimmerman is ardently involved in philanthropy, having served as a board director and in strategic advisory roles for a number of not-for-profits in the areas of AIDS, child advocacy, and the environment. He is a board advisor to StartFund, a global fund that provides early stage matching grants to impactful projects around the world. He is a published author of "What Can I Do to Make a Difference," Penguin Books USA, a positive source action book which addresses issues of global sustainability and outlines practical ideas to affect positive change. He also has a background in personal development as a motivational speaker, writer, and coach. Mr. Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in English literature and is attending Columbia University for a Masters Degree in Sustainability Management. He lives in New York City with his two teenage children."[1]


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  1. Capital Institute Board, organizational web page, accessed January 11, 2013.