Professional Consultant

Carol Zinn, SSJ, Ph.D.

Carol Zinn

Dr. Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA serves as a professional consultant with the Saint John Vianney Center providing workshops for Women Religious on topics of community health & transition. She has ministered in the formal and non-formal education profession and has taught on all levels.

Dr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, earned a BS in Education from Chestnut Hill College, PA; a Master’s in Theology from St. Bonaventure University, NY; and a Doctorate in Curriculum Development and Education Foundations from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She was also a research fellow at Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard University on the topic: Leadership and Transformation.

Dr. Zinn worked in grassroots-based international movements as consultant and facilitator. In particular, she worked on the United Religions Initiative and the Earth Charter. She works with multi-sector and multi-issue groups in helping people deepen an understanding of global realities, local efforts, and the connections inherent. Dr. Zinn also worked as the Education Program Director for Global Education Associates, a non-governmental organization working to further global systemic change.

Dr. Zinn served as the main representative for the Congregations of St. Joseph, an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations. She represented over 15,000 Sisters of St. Joseph who live and minister in 57 countries. In this capacity she participated in UN meetings on the topics of Human Rights, Eradication of Poverty, Environment, Peace and Disarmament, Education, Sustainable Development, Women, Children and Healthcare. She also spent time with individual congregations and provinces in helping them connect their particular efforts and energies to the global issues and concerns. This aspect of her work took place in retreat settings, congregational/provincial assemblies, chapter gatherings, and community meetings.

Dr. Zinn served on her Congregation’s leadership team and in the Presidency of LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) for a 3 year term, 2012-2015. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Mission Integration for Plante Moran Cresa Company.