Amy Zuckerman

Amy Zuckerman

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Amy Zuckerman is a community advocate, photographer, and supporter of rural and public health. Zuckerman and her parents, Mel and Enid, have been longtime supporters of the University of Arizona, especially the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Mel Zuckerman died on March 18 at age 94. 

Amy Zuckerman has been a catalyst for social change around public health and is well-known for her work helping underserved communities. She has served for many years on the boards of several Tucson organizations, including the Group for Photographic Intentions, the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Arts Live, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, The Loft Cinema and Tucson Values Teachers. She has been a recipient of grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and was also awarded a residency at Yaddo, an artist's colony in Saratoga Springs, New York.  

Zuckerman is co-chair of the Zuckerman Family Foundation, which supported a Bachelor of Arts degree in wellness and health promotion practice at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Inspired by the Zuckerman family's lifelong dedication to health and wellness, the degree was created to educate the next generation of wellness promoters and innovators. Zuckerman's efforts also have been instrumental to the growth of the College of Public Health's Zuckerman Family Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, a hub of applied research and outreach focused on community wellness and disease prevention. Zuckerman has also provided support to Clínica Almas, a public health clinic in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, that serves Indigenous communities that otherwise would not have access to health care services. 

Zuckerman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from New York University, and her photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Africa and Mexico. Her work is in permanent collections at the Arizona State Museum, New York University's Institute of Afro-American Affairs, the National Museums of Kenya, the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Smithsonian Institution, the Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Main Library and the Steele Children's Research Center in the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. Zuckerman enjoys working on her 13-acre horse ranch and investing time and philanthropic work in the Tucson community.