Co-Executive Director of ERI Living Lab
Zachary Town-Smith was first hired as our ERI Living Lab Program Director for Guatemala. His position was to oversee the coordination and administration of all aspects of our program in Guatemala including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities with our partners on the ground. His primary duties and responsibilities was to do the planning of the program, developing long-term goals and objectives and together with the USA team created a business plan and evaluation framework. After a few months, Zachary became our ERI LL co-Executive Director for Guatemala and expanded his role to assist in the promotion of the program to faculty, grad students, organizations and companies overseas especially in the USA. It was his idea to initiate the creation of our first ERI LL online course that evolved into our UDEMY online course "Become a Leader in Sustainability" Both Zachary and Annie are the co-writers and instructors on this course.
Zachary has worked in Guatemala since 2000 to innovate education in positions ranging from volunteer, lead community organizer, university professor, communications thesis advisor, researcher on adolescent health and media, facilitator of creative pedagogies, developer of curricular content, experiential evaluation specialist, and innovation consultant. He has diverse skill sets applicable in a variety of contexts. A dedication to life-long learning continues to drive his personal and professional growth. Core Qualiﬁcations Highly empathic and creative visionary. A quick and intuitive learner who has well developed communication skills, including audiovisuals, photography, and music, and he strives to get along well with everyone. His leadership style is horizontal and inclusive. He focuses on the people and the process, as much as he does on the ﬁnal product. He has co-designed and facilitated workshops and evaluations with world class experts, led successful crowd-funding campaigns, and executed grants from international aid organizations for local development work. High level of ﬂuency in english, spanish, and creative suite software.
We are so proud and honored to have him part of our community. Currently, he is traveling back and forth from Guatemala as the Karma Director for the Kula Collective.