Jim Zenner is the associate director for community programs for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC. In this role, Zenner will oversee a team of peer support specialists, care coordinators and MSW interns responsible for outreach into the veteran and military community.
Prior to joining the clinic, Zenner worked as the assistant director of clinical veteran programs for Volunteers of America of Los Angeles. There, he envisioned and implemented numerous innovative programs around veteran homelessness and peer navigation. He has also presented numerous times on peer navigation and outreach to improve access to mental health, housing, and other critical services.
A U.S. Army veteran, Zenner spent seven years in the military, including three years with the Army Reserves, and completed a 15-month deployment to Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Zenner received his bachelor’s in psychology from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, where he primarily focused his research on cultural barriers to accessing mental health services. He received his Master of Social Work from the USC School of Social Work (now called the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work), where he conducted an independent study on treatment-seeking behavioral differences between veterans of the Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Global War on Terror campaigns.