Zarin Tasnim
Ernst and Young, Corporate Responsibility Associate

Zarin Tasnim was born in Bangladesh and moved to the Bronx at the age of five. Growing up in a low income neighborhood and in an immigrant household, Zarin was the bridge between her first generation parents and cultural integration. Zarin, like most young immigrants, spent her childhood translating bills, important documents and as a result developed a passion for advocacy and community engagement.

Following college graduation, Zarin traveled to South Korea on as a Fulbright Scholar and taught elementary and high school English for two years. As a former ESL student, Zarin understood the power but also the difficulties of learning the English language and worked to build both fun and engaging curriculums for her students. During her time in Korea, Zarin became heavily involved in local community programs, working to empower women in domestic violence shelters and helping to integrate North Korean defectors to the South Korean community. Zarin also organized and led the Black History Month Festival in South Korea, a day of festivities, workshops and learning focused on enhancing mutual understanding and educating the South Korean community on black history.

After leaving South Korea, Zarin joined NYC Service, a division of the New York City Office of the Mayor, focused on raising volunteerism and civic engagement. As part of the Public Private Partnerships team,  Zarin acted as a conduit between the private and nonprofit space in not only consulting on best practices for employee volunteer engagement programs, managing and coordinating large scale service projects/events but also lead the NYC Service Strategic Pro Bono Skills Based Initiative which helped to jumpstart action for aggressive use of pro bono/skills-based volunteerism with measurable goals. Zarin worked with 50 of the largest NYC based corporations to provide technical expertise and thought leadership on corporate social responsibility and led the NYC Service CBO Corporate Service Coalition, a convening of nonprofit partners on best practices for leveraging corporate engagement.

Zarin has recently joined the Corporate Responsibility team at Ernst and Young, focusing on the firm’s signature mentoring program known as College MAP and working on the firm’s nonprofit partnerships. Zarin has a BA in Political Science and History from Macaulay Honors College, Lehman College and hopes to leverage the power of cross sector engagements to move the needle on large scale public projects.