Since 1989, Jonathan has worked to improve the lives of underserved, homeless, and mentally ill youth, families, and veterans in greater Los Angeles.
1989-1993 - Imagination Workshop at the UCLA Semel Institute - Teaching Artist and Artistic Director
Utilizing theater and working with therapists to serve adults, children and veterans in hospitals, shelters and prisons
1993 - 2009 - Inside Out Community Arts - CoFounder and Executive Director
(IOCA is now a program of PSArts: https://psarts.org/category/programs/ioca/)
Utilizing multidisciplinary arts methods in inner-city public schools to empower and activate children, youth and young adults. Recipient of the National Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the NEA
2009-2022 - A Place Called Home (apch.org) - CEO
A dynamic, non-profit youth center in South Central Los Angeles, providing educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance, art, nutrition, recreation and athletics, and urban agriculture. A robust college preparation and scholarship program has sent more than 500 young people from South Central on to college, and a job readiness program is preparing young adults for 21st Century employment. RISE High School resides on the APCH campus and partners to serve young people in the foster system, exiting the justice system, and without stable home bases.
GetLit Advisory Board
Executive Service Corps Megan G. Cooper Leadership Award
Center for Nonprofit Management Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation
Stanford EPNL Fellow
Zeichner has written, directed and acted for film, television and theater
He is an organic gardener and a woodworker