Prentice Zinn is a Director of GMA, responsible for managing several local, regional, and international foundations. He is best known to his clients and colleagues as an advisor, educator, and facilitator. Within the firm’s consulting practice, he leads projects related to strategy development, evaluation, needs assessment, and planning. He is a generalist in philanthropy, but favors wicked challenges related to the environment, public health, community development, and human services. Prentice joined GMA Foundations in 1999 and became a director in 2007.

Prentice grew up in Flint, Michigan and started a lifelong path in the nonprofit sector in high school. His years in Detroit, Denver, and Boston have made him a keen critic of generalizations about nonprofits and philanthropy. He is always eager to share what he is learning about evaluation, governance, participatory research, co-operative economics, community organizing, and organizational development. He is a founding member of Jamaica Plain Cohousing in Boston and a board member of Hesperian Health Guides.

When not training for marathons, Prentice spends his free time recovering from running overuse injuries. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Prentice also earned master’s degrees from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Boston University School of Public Health.


Voices from the Field

Our Favorite Foundation Board Meeting Traditions

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Prentice Zinn

Photo of an African American family sitting on a couch in a living room
Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared here from GMA Foundations. Traditions are an important ingredient of a healthy organizational culture.  Our favorite foundation meetings balance the often hurried and transactional work of governance with small traditions at each board meeting. Traditions create a dynamic flow of rhythm and predictability for meetings. They promote a sense of identity and connection. They reinforce and… Read More