Michael Ziener named executive director of American Cancer Society-Illinois

  • American Cancer Society Illinois Executive Director Michael Ziener

    American Cancer Society Illinois Executive Director Michael Ziener Courtesy of American Cancer Society

Submitted by AJ Steinbruecker
Updated 11/4/2019 6:12 PM

Michael Ziener of Chicago has been promoted to the role of executive director for the state of Illinois for the American Cancer Society.

As chief executive in the state, Ziener's goal is to increase awareness of our mission and programs and grow meaningful partnerships throughout Illinois in support of the society's mission to save more lives from cancer.


Alongside a statewide team of staff and volunteers, Ziener leads fundraising, mission and advocacy initiatives and engages local communities across the state. He will be managing and growing leadership boards in Illinois that will be assisting in the implementation and drive of regional strategic growth initiatives.

He serves as the co-lead of the Diversity and Inclusion Employee Engagement Group (EEG) for Military & Veteran Families for the Society.

Most recently Ziener was director, philanthropy at the American Cancer Society and among other experiences, has held executive positions in Chicago with The Patriot Education Fund, buildOn and Susan G. Komen. He served as a petty officer, 3rd Class, in the U.S. Navy while in the Gulf.

He earned an undergraduate degree from Colorado Technical University and an Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. Ziener lives on the Northwest side of Chicago with his son.

Ziener is based in the Chicago office of American Cancer Society and his appointment is effective immediately. He can be reached at www.linkedin.com/in/michaelziener/ or twitter.com/Michael_Ziener.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24-hour live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information, go to www.cancer.org.