Consulting Services: Transportation and Development Funding | Regional and Transit Planning| Policy Development and Advocacy| Strategic and Organizational Planning| Program Evaluation and Research

About MZ Strategies, LLC

American communities are facing a fundamental shift in the challenges they face -- from changing demographics, to shifting mobility patterns and greater economic inequality, to new technologies that are changing the role of government and reframing economic competitiveness. Navigating these shifts requires an integrated set of strategies. Moving from a shared vision to implementation takes an innovative and inclusive approach to problem solving and policy development.

  • How can your community or organization leverage its past success and build on existing assets to create new opportunities?
  • What approaches make the difference in securing scarce federal funding or tackling complex challenges like displacement or regional competiveness?
  • What type of legislative or policy changes may be needed to make your vision a reality, and how do you navigate rocky political waters?
  • How can you engage new voices and messages to make your message heard with different audiences?

MZ Strategies, LLC builds upon the experience of its Founder, Mariia Zimmerman, who brings two decades of experience working at the intersection of planning, politics, advocacy and policy development at the national and regional levels. We offer common sense, politically proven strategies to make government more effective, generate value for citizens and property owners, and create greater opportunity for all members of the community. 

Areas of Specialty:

  • Urban Planning: regional and metropolitan planning, transportation planning; land use planning, economic development planning, transit corridor planning, transit-oriented development and station area planning
  • Finance: equitable transit-oriented development and value-capture finance strategies, federal and local transportation funding strategies, affordable and mixed-income housing funding tools
  • Strategic Planning: policy alignment and development; creating and maintaining effective organizations and coalitions; leveraging existing resources and assets; facilitation, survey methods and assessment tools
  • Coalition and Network Strategies: successfully changing policy and markets requires creating and managing diverse coalitions working across sectors, industries and ideologies.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise / Woman-Owned Business Enterprise: MZ Strategies, LLC was awarded DBE certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia in March 2013. The company was certified in December 2014 as a DBE and WBE in Oregon, and as a DBE in Michigan in 2015.

                            Mariia Zimmerman, Founder and Principal of MZ Strategies, LLC

Mariia Zimmerman, Principal and Founder of MZ Strategies, LLC, is a seasoned veteran of shaping organizational change and entrepreneurship. She opened Reconnecting America's Washington, DC office and served as its Vice President for Policy. She was a founding member and interim Director of Transportation for America and served as Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities helping to manage the establishment of a $250 million grant program within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mariia also spent six years on Capitol Hill working in the office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

Mariia has led a wide range of technical, research, and planning efforts on a range of policy subjects from transportation reform to transit-oriented development to affordable housing and regional planning.  She is a frequent national speaker and author on transit-oriented development (TOD), smart growth, public transportation finance and urban planning issues. Mariia has been a Visiting Fellow at Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute in Alexandria, VA. She is the current Vice Chair for Regional and Metropolitan Planning with the American Planning Association's Regional and Intergovernmental Division, and is on the Board of the Shared Use Mobility Center.

Mariia has testified before Congress and helped reform transportation programs to support streetcars and transit-oriented development.

Mariia has testified before Congress and helped reform transportation programs to support streetcars and transit-oriented development.

MZ Strategies, LLC offers services to develop and evaluate local, state or federal infrastructure and development programs, cultivate critical advocates, and communicate key messages needed to garner political support for implementing plans and policies to create thriving, inclusive communities.

For information on our current work with communities and organizations visit the PROJECTS page, or send an email to Mariia at (And yes, she does spell her name with 2 i's!). You can also follow MZ Strategies on Twitter (@MZStrat), and sign up to receive our semi-regular blog postings.