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Zoe Vallas

Zoe Vallas

Community Manager

Madeo

New York, NY

I am the Community Manager at Madeo, a digital agency here in NYC. I work to create a space where our team and our client's teams can effectively and creatively collaborate.

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I am LARGE, I contain [MULTITUDES]. - Walt Whitman
My dream job includes: community organizing around social needs, preferably in the non-profit sphere, with a flexible schedule so I can volunteer and actively be involved in social movements.

IfNotNow

Volunteer

Since moving to New York, I've wanted to become involved with a volunteer organization that fights for human rights. IfNotNow does that. IfNotNow is a movement pushing to end the American Jewish support of the occupation in Israel/Palestine.

Like in my everyday job, my role in the movement is to help foster community. My role as a hivekeeper is to communicate between teams, keep a pulse on what is going on, and help organize monthly meetings (among other tasks). Being a part of this movement allows me to do work that I care deeply about while being supported by a wonderful community.

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Career

Madeo

Community Manager

In my role, I work to create a collaborate environment for our team to work with our Clients. My daily responsibilities range from project management and planning to hiring and picking up the mail. I am forced to question, daily, what community means and how our company can work towards building a successful community.

Shuman Associates Inc

Office Assistant

I learned about my passion for operation through supporting the Shuman Associates Inc staff over the past three months. Although my other skills were used (ability to edit through photoshop, create social media postings), I was able to fine tune my ability to gauge what other's needed before it was needed. I strengthened my ability to prioritize tasks and carry them out.

New York Philharmonic

Project Manager

The project's title was: 'Crowdsourcing Memories: 50 Years of the Philharmonic in New York City’s Parks'.

My job to was to reach out to the community to collect their memories from 50 years of these amazing concerts. I organized a combination of school and library outreach. We also worked to organize opening acts for some of the concerts.

Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Student Worker

Leading LEEP project (see below for description)
-Other administrative duties including filing, answering the phone, administering teacher evaluations, etc.

Womankind Worldwide

Intern

-Researched and wrote report on how NGO’s can influence government reporting to Human Rights Commission
-Reported on partners feedback to Monitoring and Evaluation team on new procedures
-Compiled partner newsletter, created travel budgets and arranged travel, and updated bank transfer database

CAPA International Education: London Internship Program

Politics and Sociology

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NYU Center for Dialogues

Intern

Posted to social media to keep followers updated on the goings on of center, helped edit and produce blog posts on relevant issues. Wrote an evaluative report on the public's response to an Op-Ed written by the Center's director.

Career

Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program

Certificate in intensive academic study of international relations and global affairs., International NGOs and international law

I took a class with Ian Williams about the history and importance of the Responsibility to Protect. I learned about what was missing from the doctrine which lead me to write my senior capstone at Clark University on the importance of including a gender analysis in the doctrine if it is to be successful.

Clark University

Bachelor's Degree, International Relations and Affairs

Kivunim New Directions

Ancient Studies/Civilization, Middle Eastern Politics, Hebrew and Arabic

February of my senior year of college I didn't want to go to college, I just wasn't ready. My friend told me about Kivunim and I applied the next day. This program taught me that there is more in the world than the small town I grew up in, it taught me to always look up, always ask questions, and always eat outside of your comfort zone.

Poughkeepsie Day School

High School Diploma, 10-12