Zack Macdonald
Chief Development Officer
Zack has 20 years of fundraising experience with a variety of educational, environmental, and youth-based organizations. He came to NatureBridge in 2016 following leadership roles with Peer Health Exchange and ClimateWorks Foundation where he managed distributed networks of 12 to 15 fundraisers to build new donor pipelines for youth and environmental causes. Prior to that he was a lead fundraiser at Stanford University for a decade with the major gift and principal gift teams, working with three university presidents to raise large gifts from individuals across the country. He started in development with the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and then the San Francisco Botanic Gardens leading broad-based appeals for community support.
 
Zack's passion has always been and remains working with and for children, especially those from underserved communities. Before his fundraising career, he counseled at-risk youth as a camp counselor for Harlem's Children's Storefront School camp in Connecticut and then as a staff member at foster homes and residential treatment centers in SF. 
 
Zack grew up in New York City among many peers who never experienced the wild of nature but was fortunate to make annual visits to National Seashore lands to explore the backwoods. Dedicating every day to helping kids like this get out in nature is his passion. He gets his own natural fix at home in Marin County with his wife, Susan, a physical therapist, and their two boys, Julian and Marcus.