Zachary Stepp is a 2017 Fellow in GG+A’s inaugural class of the Chicago Fellowship in Philanthropy. The fellowship aims to expose emerging professionals to careers in philanthropy as well as foster diversity and inclusion within the field. Zach provides support for ongoing internal initiatives in the Client Engagement and Communications team, as well as general support for client projects in the firm’s Strategic Communications practice area. In tandem with his 2017 cohort, Zach researches and reports on how to retain diverse talent in the philanthropic industry. His co-authored white paper will appear in the Summer 2017 edition of GG+A’s quarterly publication, GGQR.
Zach is currently in his third year of undergraduate study at the University of Chicago, where he is majoring in Political Science. Prior to joining GG+A, he served in Washington, D.C. as the Federal Relations Intern for The University of Chicago. His duties included attending briefings and hearings on behalf of the University in search of trends in federal research funding. He provided written reports on his findings to senior administrators in The University of Chicago Office of Federal Relations. He also worked closely with other DC staff members on internal projects, including on an initiative to raise the UChicago community’s awareness of federal resources through monthly updates and adjustments to the Office of Federal Relations’ website.
As a full-time student, Zach remains heavily engaged on his university campus. He serves on the student board of the College Admissions Office as the Campus and Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and is a leader of the tour program. Zach engages often with UChicago’s Institute of Politics, where he has worked as an Events Ambassador and as a Fellows Ambassador and attended treks to Havana, Cuba and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where he worked a four-day internship for Fusion Media. Zach also serves on the Leadership Corps of the Neighborhood Schools Program, which pairs Chicago Public School teachers with university students who work as teaching assistants.
Zach is an avid Cleveland sports fan and writes as a contributor for the Huffington Post in his spare time.