Zeno is thrilled to announce that the Board of Directors has hired Julie Marl as our new Executive Director. Julie has been a member of the Zeno family for several years, first as a volunteer beginning in 2007 and later as a board member. She is already familiar with Zeno’s mission, programs, and culture. As Zeno Board Chair Bill Ellis notes, “Julie has supported Zeno’s work for many years. We are very pleased that she now brings her high energy and strong leadership skills to her new role as Executive Director.”
Since graduating from Rice University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Julie has developed a wide array of leadership skills. She held positions of increasing responsibility at a Fortune 500 company, held diverse management positions in a successful startup, and ran her own consulting company. She is known for operations excellence, innovation, development acumen, and leadership. But she is also driven by a dedication to empowering children through education, demonstrated by her volunteer work. It is through this volunteer work that Julie first came to Zeno, and it is why her leadership will be so effective here. Julie explains, “As Zeno’s Executive Director, I have the opportunity to support a key passion of mine: giving young children basic math tools and the confidence to apply those tools toward whatever their aspirations may be.” Her personal values align with Zeno’s, and her organizational and leadership skills will bring new momentum to Zeno at this exciting time of transition and growth.
Earlier this month, we announced two important evolutions for Zeno. First, Zeno is expanding programming for early learners to ensure kids arrive to kindergarten ready to succeed. Second, Zeno will focus resources exclusively toward communities with the greatest need. Zeno has been inspiring kids and families to love math for more than ten years. This evolution continues and focuses that important work, and Julie brings the skills and the passion to ensure future success.
“I believe that Zeno’s work to close the opportunity gap in math is vitally important. Math is the foundation for a lifetime of learning and every child deserves the same opportunities to succeed. I’m excited to be a part of this next phase in Zeno’s evolution.” – Julie Marl
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. We are confident that Julie Marl is the right person to usher Zeno into an exciting new era.