With a passion for economic and environmental justice, Reginald (Reggie) Zimmerman has spent a decade engaging local communities, serving the people of Massachusetts, and supporting progressive causes. His diverse media background has led him to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including elected officials, community activists, and low-wage workers.
At 617MediaGroup, Reggie supports his teams in ensuring worker’s rights and safety at some of Massachusetts’ most hard-working unions. Through media outreach, such as written and published press releases and media advisories to developing key messages for thought leadership opportunities and crafting public outreach materials, Reggie has advocated for employees to secure promises in the new union contracts that addressed worker issues, as well as protected their health care benefits and retirement plans.
Prior to joining 617MediaGroup, Reggie worked as the director of communications for MassUniting, a coalition of community, faith, and labor groups that fights for worker rights and economic justice. He provided media strategy and support for several successful and high-profile campaigns, including the “Fight for $15,” which helped raise the minimum wage for workers both locally and nationwide, and the 2014 ballot initiative that established an earned sick-time policy for thousands of Massachusetts workers.
Before that, Reggie served as a press secretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs during the Patrick Administration. In this role, he promoted the work being done to protect and nurture the state’s natural resources. Reggie spearheaded numerous media outreach efforts on a variety of areas, including land conservation, pollution, power plants, animal health, and public safety.
Early in his career, Reggie worked as a correspondent for GateHouse Media, where he reported on the interplay of state, city, and local politics and how they affected the residents of Boston and Cambridge.
Reggie earned his master’s degree in Public Policy from Northeastern University, where he was a recipient of the Excellence Award at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.