Zachary Epps is a dynamic facilitator, analytical thinker, and servant leader committed to producing measurable improvements in the lives of children, youth, and families. Zachary believes that policy and programs should be grounded in the real experiences of those impacted. This core belief was fostered as Zachary, from Baltimore, MD, observed from a young age the stark differences in opportunity and outcomes for youth from two neighboring communities.
Prior to joining Youth and Engagement Programs, Zachary was the director of advocacy and external engagement within the School District of Philadelphia. As a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Team, Zachary designed efforts to establish a common vision for schools in Philadelphia, built a bridge among community and system stakeholders to identify coordinated efforts to improve educational outcomes, and expanded opportunities for student leadership. Zachary has also worked directly with domestic and international organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education, Barbara Bush Family Foundation, and Higherlife Foundation to build their capacity to implement results-based and data-driven decision making.
Zachary enjoys spending time in one of Philadelphia’s many parks with his wife, Phylicia and their terrific toddlers, Carter and Micah. Zachary attended University of Maryland, College Park and received a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. A lifelong learner and avid competitor, Zachary also serves on the board of a local YMCA and volunteers time to improve literacy among elementary aged students.