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Zoe Colon

Zoe Colon, MPA is Vice President of Organizational Development for Urbander, a consulting firm where she offers services in strategic planning, board development, grant writing and development, and leadership training, among others.  Previously, she worked on the Que Vote Mi Gente campaign comprised of a coalition of organizations targeting the Puerto Rican electorate in Central Florida in 2016.  She is the former Director of Florida and Southeast Operations for the Hispanic Federation where she provided technical assistance to Hispanic led nonprofit service organizations and managed programs that respond to the needs of the Latino population predominantly in Central Florida.  During her time there she also launched the organization’s voter registration and education campaign.  Zoe is co-founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando, a culturally competent services and advocacy center serving survivors of the Pulse Night Club shooting in June 2016 in Orlando. Prior to joining the Hispanic Federation, she served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Resource Center, one of the leading immigrant services organizations in Westchester County for nearly six years. The organization's budget and services doubled under her leadership, securing grants from the Ford Foundation and county, state and federal grants for the first time in the organization's history. Zoe developed a wrap-around services and workforce development model recognized by NY State Regional Economic Development Council as a Priority Project in 2014. She is the former Director of Children’s Programs at Port Chester Carver Center, where she managed and fundraised for educational and enrichment programs for children and their families. Prior to Carver, she was Bronx Site Director at Hispanic AIDS Forum where she managed a range of HIV prevention and service programs in the South Bronx. She has over fifteen years of program development and fundraising experience in the non-profit realm working with Montefiore Medical Center, The Children’s Health Fund, Casita Maria Settlement House, and the Puerto Rican Family Institute. Zoe has a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master of Public Administration (specializing in non-profit management and policy) from New York University, Wagner School of Public Service. She also taught Latino and Gender Studies as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York for 8 years.  She was recognized as one of the Top 25 Influential Hispanics of Central Florida by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando in 2016 and received La Prensa’s Mujeres Destacadas award for Community Leadership in 2017.