Zach Seto: Resource and Development Volunteer
Zach Seto, a Bay Area native, is our wonderful Resource & Development (RD) volunteer. Zach graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A (with honors!) in anthropology in 2011. His dad Mike, who is a Strategy, Business Planning and Marketing Encore Fellow at AACI introduced him to the company. Zach decided to give back to the community and gain more professional experience by joining AACI as a volunteer in September 2015. He soon became an indispensable team member of the RD department.
At AACI, Zach goes above and beyond his duties. He supports the RD team by helping with graphic design projects, printing brochures, updating the donors’ list and transcribing interviews. His biggest project involves working in collaboration with Dr. Allan Seid, one of AACI’s 12 original founders, to research and write the history of AACI from its origins. He wishes other people knew about AACI’s history. After working with Dr. Seid, Zach came to appreciate AACI’s long history. AACI’s roots started at the tail end of the Civil Rights movement, when discrimination was still prominent in the work place, as well as in educational institutions. AACI founders brought together concerned citizens in Santa Clara County to make effective change by encouraging individuals to run for commissions and boards, collectively fighting workplace discrimination, and leading campaigns to change policies.
Zach is also currently working with the Grants & Contracts Manager to learn more about grant writing. “I am really interested in learning about grants; I believe my strength is writing.”
His best memory at AACI was the 2015 Better Together annual fundraiser. During the event, donors were given light-up rings and when the venue lights turned off, the rings lit up, producing a spectacular light show. "It was pretty genius!” said Zach.
For hobbies, Zach enjoys playing video games, working on art projects and writing. He is fond of the world-building genre and hopes one day to write and illustrate his own fictional encyclopedia.
Check out some of Zach's art projects: