Zack Fowler is the Executive Director for WISER International, a holistic girls' health and education nonprofit led by an international team in both North Carolina and Kenya. Through immense collaboration, gender-informed approaches, and data-driven strategy, WISER is redefining what is possible for girls in isolated and remote communities. Zack began work with WISER as a college volunteer and joined the team in a formal capacity in 2016. Since then, WISER has entered a period of tremendous growth as its total number of beneficiaries has increased from 5,000 people per year to over 17,000 people per year.
Outside of Kenya, Zack has experience in health and education initiatives in South America, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. In the past eight years, he has completed volunteer hours, coursework, or research in Peru, Panama, Argentina, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Vietnam, and the United States. He is a founding board member of the AMPLIFY Girls Collective, an East Africa-based organization seeking to challenge traditional concepts of scale using locally-led initiatives.
Beyond the international space, Zack is a member of the NCSSM Foundation Board of Directors, where he occupies the first-ever Young Alumni seat and serves on the Development Committee. He also serves on the NCSSM External Engagement Steering Team for Western Campus Planning as the institution expands to its second location in Morganton, NC.
Zack was raised in Sanford, NC by parents who moved to Lee County all the way from Los Angeles over twenty years ago. At sixteen years old, he joined the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where he became a part of one of the state's finest-ever examples of the state legislature investing in the education of its youth. He later completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University, where he was awarded the prestigious Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship and graduated with degrees in Global Health and Cultural Anthropology (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). He would return to Duke to earn his post-baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management in 2019.
He is a recipient of Duke University's Paul Farmer Award for Justice and Social Responsibility and NCSSM's Maius Opus Moveo Young Alumni Award for his contributions while attending those institutions. He currently lives in Carrboro with his inspiring partner of eight years, Madelaine, and his impossibly small dog, Gimli.