Jack Zimmerman holds a BA, MA and PhD from Yale University, Harvard University and the University of Southern California, respectively. He is the co-author of Flesh and Spirit: The Mystery of Intimate Relationship with his life partner, Jaquelyn McCandless and co-author of The Way of Council with Gigi Coyle. Jack held several leadership roles at The Ojai Foundation over a period of 30 years including President and co-founded the Oakwood Secondary School in Los Angeles.
Jack started Heartlight School in Los Angeles, in 1979, where the use of Council in schools was initiated. The success of Council at Heartlight led to Council programs in other independent and public schools in California, and in other parts of the US, as well as abroad.