Susan Zimet joined Hunger Action Network of New York State in February of 2015 as their Executive Director. Susan has a long career in government and in media relations and marketing. She has dedicated herself to advocating on public policy issues such as property tax reform, protecting the environment, women’s rights and veteran’s rights.
Prior to joining Hunger Action Network, Susan served as an elected official representing the Town of New Paltz in both the Ulster County Legislature and as the Town Supervisor. She was first elected Supervisor for the Town in 1996. In 2003, Susan was elected to the Ulster County Legislature, where she served for 8 years before she drafted in 2012 to return as the town’s Supervisor.
Susan is also President of Zimet Group, Inc., a consulting and lobbying group dedicated to bringing business and government together for the public good. Working in cooperation with many environmental partners, Susan was instrumental in helping to push through the historic moratorium in NYS on fracking back in 2007. The Zimet Group executive produced media campaigns against hydro-fracking including ‘I Love My New York Water” celebrity commercial as well as “Water Rangers”.
Susan is the President of 2020: Project Women, Inc., a not for profit dedicated to educating, celebrating and promoting the upcoming 100th anniversary of a women’s right to vote. Susan has authored a book for young adults on the subject which a major publisher will release in 2016.
Susan also served as Vice President, Associate Media Director at Grey Advertising and taught advertising and media at SUNY New Paltz.