Zoe joined the Encore team as Public Affairs Associate this May and supports the Policy and Communications team. She brings diverse experience in communications and research and a steadfast commitment to a decarbonized future. At Encore, she’ll run social media accounts (follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Threads and LinkedIn), research policy priorities, and help execute Encore’s broader communications strategy.
Zoe is originally from Southwest Michigan and went to Northern Michigan University for her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with minors in English and psychology. Zoe recently completed her master’s degree in sociology at the University of Connecticut, where she researched diverse environmental issues such as corporate environmental governance and environmental justice. She has worked on environmental communications campaigns for nonprofit organizations such as Seaside Sustainability and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment. Outside of work, you might find Zoe hiking or paddling the shores of Lake Superior, knitting, or writing on her typewriter.
3 Questions to get to know Zoe
What does a sustainable future mean to you?
To me, sustainability is about more than just trying to maintain the status quo for generations. My ideal sustainable future works with nature rather than against it and emphasizes inclusivity and equity in designing systems that celebrate the gifts of the natural world.
What’s your favorite way to spend time outside?
My partner and I own a canoe that I’ve been enjoying paddling. Viewing an ecosystem from the water offers a unique opportunity to visit places you couldn’t otherwise. Recently, we saw a mink swimming home with a fish dinner in its mouth; that’s the kind of thing you just don’t see when you’re hiking.
What’s a great book or podcast you’ve engaged with recently?
Lately I’ve been reading Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, a British mycologist. He writes in vivid detail about the wild world of the fungal kingdom, and it’s awe-inspiring to learn about the vast networks of mycelium that hold our world together. Fungi are so much more complex than I thought!