Zachary is from Asheville, North Carolina, and has been immersed in racial and LGBT activism in this city since he was six years old. Zachary feels called to do social Justice work. For the past year he was working in adventure-based education through Outward Bound and in Wilderness Therapy through SUWS of the Carolinas. Zachary wanted to continue the social justice and equity work that he was immersed in as a child and that he began participating in while at Appalachian State University. However, he did not know how to enter into the highly interconnected, and at times, what felt like, insular social justice profession. The Tzedek Residency gives him the “in” he needs to start working on his life’s passion.
Zachary works at the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville. He manages eight undergraduate interns; coordinates and fundraises for the Me2We youth leadership conference; manages the Alumni cohort; coordinates, plans and programs for on and off campus events; manages marketing and media; and other responsibilities. His social justice passions are focused on queer, racial/ethnic, and physical disability communities. Within the non-profit world Zachary’s interests are in strategic planning, event planning, intersectional and collaborative projects, story telling, marketing, leadership, team building, community organizing, and social entrepreneurship. He has a deep love of Brazil, tea, wild places, and poetry. In the future Zachary hopes to return to school to study the intersections of recreation, education, play theory and social justice, and to tour with the Peace Corps in Central or South America.