Luke Zimmer

Skariphos, Online Community and Collaboration 

Luke Zimmer is an expert in the technical aspects of standing up an online community, cultivating meaningful in-person and online engagement and everything in between.


Luke will be sharing his experiences helping multiple organizations build thriving communities. His community manager tool kit is full of fascinating “small tactics for big change” that he’s used repeatedly to create real, lasting engagement.


Luke’s career has crisscrossed the fields of sales, communication, and constituent management, with the bulk of his experience focused on building deeply engaged online communities. He has worked for an array of organizations with members across multiple industries and countries, but he especially enjoys sharing his time with nonprofits dedicated to education and community building.

Luke Zimmer graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and anthropology. He has worked with associations and non-profits with a specific interest in social media and online communities.

In addition to his work with the American Staffing Association, Zimmer also volunteers with the American Society of Association Executives where he chairs the ASAE communication section council’s knowledge sub-committee. He is also a frequent speaker at ASAE events in addition to contributing to the ASAE newsletter, Associations Now. Zimmer has also spoken to webinar audiences for Higher Logic, the National Association of Bar Executives, and AssociationSuccess.org. Luke served as Manager of the Educator Community for National Geographic.

He is now the principal consultant at Skariphos, providing online community strategy and management advice to organizations implementing or using the Higher Logic platform.

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Community is for your members, not for your organization. ”

– Luke Zimmer

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