Director, US Venture Team
Michael Zakaras is Director of the U.S. Venture Program at Ashoka, where he is responsible for the search and selection of new Ashoka Fellows each year. He has previously worked for Ashoka in Ireland and Central Europe, and has participated on selection panels for social entrepreneurs across the globe, from Montreal to Warsaw to Istanbul. Michael has a particular interest in new democratic economic models, criminal justice reform, and civic participation. He grew up in Brussels, has worked in the California wine industry, and holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.