Adam Zimmerman, vice president, joined Burness in 2011 and has nearly 20 years of media relations and public policy experience. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, he has spearheaded media relations for top leaders at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), including president and CEO Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the CDC; and executive vice president Dr. Julie Morita, a member of the Biden Covid-19 Transition Advisory Board. He has secured hundreds of interviews and appearances with top national broadcast, streaming, and print outlets, along with numerous op-ed placements.
Adam previously worked as a campaign staffer and legislative aide for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the current Senate Majority Leader. He also served as a lobbyist for NARAL Pro-Choice America and the American Association of University Women. He continues to play a lead role on policy initiatives for clients including RWJF and the American Heart Association. Major areas of focus include tobacco control policies and federal food/nutrition programs.
Adam currently lives in Rockville, Maryland, where he has successfully secured passage of landmark smoke-free air laws city of Rockville and Montgomery County, along with legislation limiting the sale of e-cigarettes to children. He has been a featured guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show and written op-eds for the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, The Hill, and the New York Daily News. The grandson of Holocaust survivors, he teaches a seventh grade class on the Holocaust and has been a featured speaker at local and regional remembrance ceremonies. He also volunteers as a youth soccer coach.
A New York native, Adam graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Stony Brook University, where he majored in history and minored in political science. He and his wife, Julia, have two wonderful children, Ella and Aiden.