First Light Hospitality

Replication of proven impact investment Yosemite hospitality model including a self-funded youth employment program & environmental mission.

Company Summary

We provide exceptional Yosemite accommodation in a market with limited, poor supply and exceptionally strong, stable demand. We serve Yosemite visitors through our resorts, and behind the scenes we serve at risk youth from the SF Bay area, providing them jobs and social service support to enable successful transitions into adulthood. Our new venture, Rush Creek Lodge, will be the only hotel of scale along the most direct route from the Bay Area


  • Lee S Zimmerman

    Lee holds an MBA from Stanford & a BS from UCLA. His 20 years of hospitality experience include co-founding the social enterprise management company, First Light Hospitality, in 2001. First Light’s flagship property is the Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite. Lee has also served as Manager of Hotel Operations for JMB Realty Corporation & VP of Marketing for World Wrapps Restaurants, & he co-founded Start Up, a micro-enterprise program in East Palo Alto

  • Brian E Anderluh

    Brian holds an MBA from Stanford and a BS from Cornell. His 10 years of hospitality experience include co-founding First Light Hospitality, whose flagship property is Yosemite’s Evergreen Lodge. Prior to First Light, Brian managed business development at, a venture backed internet retailer, co-founded Ucopia, the first online wedding registry, which was sold to Modern Bride, and was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton


  • Kirkland & Ellis
    Lawrence Minney & Associates

Previous Investors

  • Pacific Community Ventures
    George Roberts -- Roberts Foundation
    Steve Simon -- Simon Properties

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