Zoe joined Grace Farms Foundation in 2019 to manage the Space Grant Program, which offers the gift of free space to our not-for-profit and community partners for meetings, trainings, workshops, and convenings to reconnect, reflect, advocate, align and grow. Through this work, Zoe built meaningful partnerships with hundreds of community organizations across Fairfield County and beyond.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoe’s focus turned to the work of the Foundation’s Relief Fund for Connecticut, which provided food relief to Grace Farms’ neighbors in need and life-saving PPE to first responders. In this role, she connected with many organizations serving Fairfield County and Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. In partnership with Grace Farms’ Chief Strategy Officer Chelsea Thatcher, Zoe worked closely with numerous partners on the Design for Freedom Face Mask, an ethically sourced and produced mask that was distributed in partnership with Design Within Reach and Herman Miller. The mask raised awareness of Design for Freedom by Grace Farms, the new movement to eliminate forced labor in building materials supply chain.
Zoe also worked closely with internal stakeholders and peer institutions to conceptualize, build, and launch the Grace Farms Membership Program, which has seen tremendous success with a vibrant and rapidly growing community of members. She oversees this program and enjoys creating opportunities to bring our member community together. In 2022, Zoe worked closely on events with Serpentine Galleries in London to recognize Grace Farms’ first international Design for Freedom Pilot Project, the 21st Serpentine Pavilion, Black Chapel, by Theaster Gates. As Advancement Officer, Zoe continues to collaborate with internal and external partners on exciting programs across Grace Farms’ work and manages various projects in partnership with not-for-profit and corporate partners.
Previously Zoe worked for a global technology advisory firm, managing strategic partnerships for a multi-million dollar portfolio of sponsorship contracts and marketing deliverables. Zoe also worked for Lululemon, and was part of the team that launched Lululemon’s Corporate Social Impact program, Here to Be, which invests in and advocates for programs that disrupt inequity in wellbeing in under-resourced communities around the world through movement, mindfulness and advocacy. This work instilled Zoe with a passion for the importance of investing both in local and global communities, which continues to carry into her work at Grace Farms Foundation each day.