June 25, 2020

Sarah Zimmerman: President of Astor Street Foundation

What do you do?

President of Astor Street Foundation.

What was your first job?

Scooping ice cream and making lattes!

What drew you to join Hoan

Milwaukee needs younger leaders in all fields to step up and work for positive outcomes. I’ve enjoyed Hoan’s window on projects I wouldn’t otherwise know about, and I hope the relationships we’re building will be useful as we tackle the many challenges ahead.

Favorite Hoan/Nolen event?

Small group dinners and pontoon rides.

Book/podcast you’re listening to right now?

How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi

What skill would you like to master?

Playing the guitar.

What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Best: Never apologize for your work product. Worst: Keep your desk tidy.

What’s the best way to start the day?

Making waffles for two boys.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

Nothing. I’m a terrible public speaker!

Song you'd sing at Karaoke?

If I could actually sing, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner.

What are your hobbies, and how did you get into them?

Fishing. My dad taught us when I was a kid.

Cooking. I learned from my mom, who’s an excellent cook. It’s served me well during safer-at-home.

What was the last show you binge-watched?

Space Force!

What do you regret not doing in the last year?

Volunteering as an election inspector.

Favorite spot in Milwaukee

Lynden Sculpture Garden.

What's your favorite board/card game?


If you could do it all over again, would you pursue the same career? Why or why not?

No. I started my career in a field (litigation) that was completely ill-matched to my temperament. If I could do it over again, I’d pursue an area of the law that’s more collaborative, or perhaps a different career entirely.

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