Joel Zarrow: President and CEO

Joel Zarrow

Park City, UT — Joel Zarrow has been named President and CEO of the Park City Community Foundation, one of the fastest-growing community foundations in the country.

Zarrow, who has spent his career building, growing, and sustaining nonprofit organizations focused on improving community outcomes and social justice, most recently was CEO of Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), the premier national nonprofit providing urban school districts with early literacy coaching and support. During his tenure, Zarrow led CLI to become a $23 million organization, doubling philanthropic contributions and impacting 76,000 children and 3,000 teachers in six states.

Prior to CLI, Zarrow was Senior Advisor to the New Jersey Department of Education, launching and leading the Department’s Regional Achievement Centers. Zarrow has also worked in philanthropy for The New World Foundation in New York and the Peninsula Community Foundation in the Bay Area.

He is a founding Board member of Envision Schools, a charter management organization in the San Francisco area, as well as other nonprofit boards. He has presented at national and international conferences and has multiple publications to his credit.

Park City Community Foundation grants a very high percentage of its assets each year — in 2020 it had the 12th highest distribution rate among community foundations across the nation. Over 1,200 donors contributed to the Community Foundation last year alone and more than 100 donors hold donor advised funds with the Community Foundation. As the home of Live PC Give PC, Women’s Giving Fund, Solomon Fund, and other important initiatives, the Community Foundation has generated more than $49.5 million in total impact to the greater Park City community and Summit County since its inception in 2007. For more information, visit