Michael Ziener named executive director of American Cancer Society-Illinois
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.
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.