June 15, 2019
NYU alumna and Co-President of the NYU LGBTQ Alumni Network, Anna Zuccaro (CAS ’13), shares how her passion for sociopolitical causes shaped her journey as a public relations professional and leader in the NYU Alumni community.
Whether she was honing her writing skills in the halls of Bobst or delving into the histories of feminist and gender causes, Anna Zuccaro (CAS ’13), Co-President of the NYU LGBTQ Alumni Network, has always sought to bring people together. As a student, her natural affinity for language and passion for a wide array of sociopolitical issues allowed her to land internships at VICE and the Council on Foreign Relations where she furthered herself as an activist and critical thinker focused on the way organizations can make the world a better place.
Today, she is a leader in both the NYU community and the public relations field where she’s launched a communications firm, Unbendable Media, to instill progressive strategies for non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Channeling her passion, her work’s mission is to raise awareness for issues from gender equality and the #MeToo Movement to corporate accountability. No matter her environment, from the grassy fields in Central Park to the echoing halls of Manhattan’s latest art gallery to a vibrant event with the LGBTQ Alumni Network, Anna Zuccaro is always ready for a conversation.
As a transfer student, I expected there to be hundreds of people in all of my classes at the College of Arts and Science. One of my most memorable moments at NYU was arriving at my first class on my first day of school to find five students total. It was a funny little reality check.
I stay involved with NYU specifically because of the LGBTQ Alumni Network. Our members are some of the more thoughtful, motivated and fun people I've met living in the City, and our collective dedication to the LGBTQ+ community keeps people, including allies, coming back to our events.
If you're looking for safe spaces to network or meet new people, the LGBTQ Alumni Network is a solid place to start. Our programs range from happy hours to volunteering opportunities, and our members reflect a wide array of letters under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, though that particular aspect is (and will likely always be) a work in progress.
Lisa Duggan's Queer Histories class had a big impact on me. Lisa was a powerhouse in her own right as a professor and figure in the LGBTQ community. The class itself taught me a lot about my privileges as a white and able bodied cisgender woman. It also taught me a lot about the experiences of select groups of LGBTQ people outside of the Western hemisphere.
For the past six years, I've worked in public relations and communications as a consultant for progressive non-profit organizations, foundations, and socially conscious companies. Today, I am a partner and co-founder of a firm called Unbendable Media.
My experience at NYU helped prepare me for the "real world," in a few different ways: I was able to hone my writing abilities and learned how to distinguish myself both academically through my work and personally through some of the things I'm passionate about.
I'm passionate about art, music, animals and issues like criminal justice reform, immigration, feminism, and women's health.
I would tell recent graduates to be creative in their professional pursuits, specifically carving out spaces to do something they love while providing a service that is either unmet or underrepresented.