As part of our Grunin Capacity pillar, we believe that building authentic relationships with our collaborators allows us to create genuine and compassionate partnerships towards shared goals. Our #MondayMorningMeetYourLeaders interview series recognizes exceptional leaders who are advancing innovative solutions and bold strategies for the Central Jersey Shore.

Leaders will share insights on navigating the 6 “C”s of Nonprofit Sea Change: Capacity, Curiosity, Conversation, Collaboration, Creativity, and Compassion. Learn about Tim Zeiss and how he is leading through these 6 C’s of Nonprofit Sea Change….

Tim Zeiss served as Executive Director, Foundation and Alumni Affairs at Brookdale Community College for 20 years. During his tenure, Tim transformed the Brookdale Foundation from a small non-profit organization with net assets of less than $900,000 and awarding $80,000 in scholarships and grants annually to support student success, to a non-profit having assets of $7 million and awarding nearly $850,000 in scholarships and grants in the last fiscal year. Working with a dedicated Board of Trustees and valued donors, they created a culture of “collective impact” built on the pillars of Capacity, Curiosity, Conversation, Collaboration, Creativity, and Compassion.

Wanting to pursue another challenge, Tim left Brookdale in the fall of 2020 and joined Ocean’s Harbor House as Director of Development & Marketing in January 2021. He is utilizing the same pillars to help advance the mission and vision of the organization and help transform the agency from a small emergency shelter into a diverse, multi-service organization that provides shelter, support and services for vulnerable youth in the region. The journey continues.

Here are some fun facts about Tim:

1. When did you realize you wanted to work in the nonprofit world?

I worked for an international public relations firm in New York and then transitioned to become the Corporate Communications Director for New Jersey Press, Inc. (the parent company of the Asbury Park Press). I was downsized when Gannet bought the company in 1997. I knew that my public relations and story-telling experience could translate into fundraising and that I wanted to stay local. Hence, I jumped into the non-profit world so I could help people in the communities we are fortunate to call home.

2. What’s your favorite fun activity to do at the Central Jersey Shore?

I still play competitive soccer, love the beach and body-surfing and hanging/dancing to great music!

3. How do you practice self-care/stress relief? 

I work out, gave up meat more than 40 years ago, love being outdoors and have a daily mantra expressing gratitude. And, play soccer year round!

4. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

This is one of many favorites. “We’re all just walking each other home.” ― Ram Das