Max Zimberg
Community-building & Outreach Coordinator

Max Rose Zimberg is the Community-building & Outreach Coordinator of the Planetary Health Alliance, working to grow and nurture the planetary health community through global education and outreach efforts, thematic and regional programs, and strategic expansion of the PHA's mission and membership. Max graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Sustainable Development, and holds certifications in Vinyasa Yoga (yoga = "to yoke/unite") and in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. Max is especially motivated by planetary health solutions to reform, regenerate, and restore the equity and nourishment of our global food system through the yoking of diverse disciplines, knowledge systems, and scales of impact.

While at Columbia, Max was a summer agroecology researcher at the Earth Institute, led a student consultancy project with the NYC Watershed Agricultural Council, helped to develop equity and systems-thinking competencies and curricula to teach food systems, and was awarded the 2018-19 Bartsch Fellowship from the University's transdisciplinary Committee on Global Thought. She also served as Editor-in-Chief for Sapient: The Undergraduate Journal for Biological Anthropology and co-founded the student club Green Owls: United for Earth Rights and Sustainable Living. Prior to joining the PHA team, Max worked in her native New York City on public health and food policy at the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams.

In addition to her work at the PHA, Max currently serves as the Campaign & Policy Manager for the Massachusetts Healthy School Lunch Coalition, which she co-founded in partnership with Balanced to promote more nutritious and sustainable meals in public schools statewide. In her free time, you can find Max cooking a buffet of whole plant foods for her friends and family, eating copious amounts homemade hummus with her fiancé, dancing, writing, and communing with nature -- watercolors and yoga mat in tow!

Questions about joining the Alliance, member engagement and partnership opportunities, or the planetary health online community? Email Max at!

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The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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