Ari Zoldan appointed Media and Development Chair for the Innovation Center at City College

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Media Pioneer, Ari Zoldan, to provide expertise and network to start-up incubator at City College,

Zahn Innovation Center at City College

"Ari brings a wealth of knowledge in media, communications, and outreach to the Zahn Center Board," said Lindsay Siegel, Executive Director of the Center.

The Zahn Innovation Center at the City College of New York announced today the appointment of Mr. Ari Zoldan as the Media and Development Chair. 

The Zahn Center, a program of the City College Fund at the City College of New York, is an incubator that provides students, faculty and staff with the tools they need to transform their ideas into sustainable ventures. The Zahn Center supports both technology-enabled start-ups and social impact ventures with mentorship, prototyping facilities, and an extensive network of educational and operational services.  It also provides co-working spaces for the start-ups it incubates.

"Ari brings a wealth of knowledge in media, communications, and outreach to the Zahn Center Board," said Lindsay Siegel, Executive Director of the Center.  "I'm very excited about the possibilities for increasing our reach with Ari's assistance."

Ari Zoldan is the CEO of Quantum Media Group, LLC, headquartered New York City. Mr. Zoldan is a regular on CNBC, FOX, CNN, CCTV, and BBC covering technology, business and emerging trends. Mr. Zoldan holds press credentials on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and is a member of the National Press Club. He sits on the board of Open Garden, Quantum Networks, Reportory and several other media and technology companies. 

Mr. Zoldan joins Mentorship Chair Dr. Punit Arora, Vice Chairman Dr. Howard Morgan, and Chairman Bert Brodsky on the Zahn Center Advisory Board’s Executive Committee.

"I am excited and humbled about the appointment to the Zahn Center,” said Mr. Zoldan. “I feel very connected to the world of start-ups and what the center is accomplishing. I am looking forward to bringing my background in media and communications to the organization." 

Mr. Zoldan will be responsible for working to help secure resources - financial, in-kind, and through partnerships - that will allow the Center to maintain its quality of services and to expand them. Additionally, he will be working with the media to position the Center’s message and bring it local, regional and national attention. Mr. Zoldan will be leveraging his vast network in the world of marketing, media and business to help position the Center as the leading institution of its kind. 

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About The Zahn Center:
The Zahn Innovation Center, a program of the City College Fund, is an incubator that nurtures entrepreneurial initiatives at the City College of New York, providing students, faculty and staff with the tools they need to transform their ideas into sustainable ventures. The Zahn Center offers support for both technology-enabled start-ups and social impact ventures. It has been in operation since 2012.

The Center provides co-working spaces for its technology start-ups and social ventures, as well mentorship, workshops, academic classes and expert pro-bono services for legal, intellectual property, incorporation, and accounting support. The Zahn Center also provides a wide range of prototyping capabilities for technology and hardware based start-ups, including 3D printing, laser cutting, and machining, as well as access to an experienced design engineer.

About Ari Zoldan:
Ari Zoldan made his mark in the technology, business and start-up sectors. Mr. Zoldan is an avid traveler emerging countries including South Sudan, India, Uganda, Kenya, Nicaragua, Guinea, China, Haiti and Egypt. He developed a strong belief in the doctrine of social entrepreneurship and now spends much of his time donating technology to unserved and underserved countries in the developing world. 

A regular guest on Fox News and CNBC, Mr. Zoldan provides expert commentary on business, technology and emerging trends. In his journalistic capacity, he accompanied President Obama on the ground to Israel and the West Bank; has covered the New Hampshire Presidential primaries, Republican and Democratic Party’s National Conventions, and State of the Unions; and has covered international issues at the World Economic Forum in Amman, Jordan; The G7 in Germany; and the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Zoldan holds press credentials for Capitol Hill and is a member of The National Press Club in Washington, DC. 

About the City College Fund:
The City College Fund is a tax-exempt 501c(3) non-profit fundraising organization, established in 1946 to support the City College of New York in its mission to provide access and excellence in higher education, particularly to students who might not otherwise be able to afford to go to college. Gifts to The City College Fund directly benefit City College's extraordinary students, renowned faculty, innovative programs and schools, and are fully tax deductible.

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For more information, contact:
    Lindsay Siegel
    Executive Director, Zahn Innovation Center
    Lindsay(at)zahncenternyc.com

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