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Zoe Hunter

Zoe Hunter joined the Tsai CITY team in August 2019 where she served as an Innovation Fellow and Director of Student Programming, before stepping into the role of Managing Director. During her time at Tsai CITY, she was responsible for overseeing the center’s venture development programs, the Student Advisory Board, Innovator’s Toolkit, and Innovator’s Wellness series. In her current role, she works collaboratively to lead programming, communications, and student engagement initiatives. 

Zoe has experience in student services, communications, resource development and community engagement—having served previously at Yale School of Nursing, Yale Divinity School, and United Way of Greater New Haven.

Beyond her work at Yale, Zoe is a certified life coach and the award-winning creator of women empowerment brand, DEAR QUEENS, founded to inspire women toward personal and spiritual fulfillment. She is also a seasoned grant-reviewer for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s annual responsive grant, a freelance writer for digital media outlet xoNecole, and a contributing writer for Thrive Global.

Zoe is passionate about helping people become their best selves and creating lasting impact in the lives of others. She brings expertise that centers community engagement, program design, and social & creative entrepreneurship. She is also passionate about emotional wellness, self-discovery, and purpose-driven living.

Authored Stories

How Tsai CITY Taught Me to Honor Failure

How Tsai CITY Taught Me to Honor Failure

Since joining Tsai CITY in August 2019, Zoe Hunter has led programs like our Accelerator and Innovator’s Toolkit series, mentored student innovators, and helped Tsai CITY continue to evaluate and iterate on our work — so it’s only fitting that she’s recently been promoted to Director of Student Programming. Reflecting on her time at Tsai CITY so far, Zoe says that getting comfortable with failure has been a key lesson.