Nancy G. Zimmerman

Fellow (2021-32)

Nancy G. Zimmerman, a 1985 Brown graduate, is co-founder and managing partner of Bracebridge Capital, which has over $12 billion under management and is a pioneer in the field of absolute return investing. Since 1994, Bracebridge has focused on generating returns that are largely uncorrelated with broad moves in equities, currencies and rates. Before founding Bracebridge, Zimmerman managed the interest rate option group on a worldwide basis for Goldman Sachs. She began her career at O'Connor & Associates. At Brown, Zimmerman earned bachelor's degrees in economics and the practice and production of art. She received the Alfred H. Joslin Award for Service to the Brown Community at her graduation in 1985. Zimmerman was elected to the Board of Fellows of the Brown University Corporation in 2021, following previous terms on the Board of Trustees. She also serves as the inaugural chair of the President’s Advisory Council for Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science. Zimmerman supports innovative scientific research. Her commitments to the Carney Institute have accelerated the institute’s strategic plan and ultimately support faculty in tackling the most significant questions in brain science. In addition, through the Transformative Scholars Program in Neurology at Mass General Hospital and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, Zimmerman has led a series of initiatives to fund early-career investigators. During 2020 she helped fund and promote cutting-edge research on COVID-19.  Zimmerman is also member of the Board of Directors of Social Finance US, a nonprofit that addresses complex social challenges through innovative public private partnerships, such as Social Impact Bonds and Pay for Success financing.