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For over 16 years Mr. Zavala has been strengthening organizations by building their capacity through coaching, training and providing them with access to resources. He has specifically worked with not-for-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses in: fundraising (proposal writing, cause marketing, special events, individual solicitation), access to financing, strategic & business planning, marketing, and board development.
Edgar holds the position of Director of Executive Programs at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College. He develops markets and manages educational programs designed for professionals and the organizations that employ them in the government, nonprofit and health care sectors. Edgar is the former director of programs at the Foundation Center, where he was responsible for providing leadership for the education and outreach efforts of the New York library/learning center.
Prior to joining the Center in 2011, he was with Trufund Financial Services (former Seedco Financial Services) as technical assistance coordinator, providing comprehensive support and coaching to human services and arts organizations. Mr. Zavala is invited frequently to teach at The New School, Baruch College's MSPIA Executive Programs, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa for fundraising, local economy, leadership and management topics.
Mr. Zavala is a native of Mexico, where he once pursued an acting career before joining the nonprofit, nongovernmental sector. His work in Mexico includes creating and running a capacity building consulting firm, teaching and helping numerous institutions with development consultation.
Mr. Zavala is a Fulbright fellow and holds a Master's degree in Management and Urban Policy Analysis from The New School, a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and a Bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts from Asociacion Nacional de Actores, Andres Soler (Mexico).