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Spotlight on a Society Staffer: Zach Levin

By B. Pasapane on Aug/05/2015

Spotlight on Society Staff

Zach, tell us a little about yourself.
I hail from an arctic tundra also known as Central New York. Born on the shore of Lake Ontario, I guess you could argue that I lived in fear of polar bear attacks, but that was more of an irrational fear. My only comfort through the harsh winter was the thought that soon summer would arrive, promising at least one day of warmth where I could roll up my snow pant legs and soak up the sun. 
I came from a very theatrical background, and got interested in acting and theatre at a very young age. Since middle school, I’ve appeared in almost fifty stage productions, directed numerous projects and written several plays and screenplays. After graduation from college, I worked at The Late Show with David Letterman where I was the lobby warm-up act. I’ve always had a love for performing, and that very often slips into my everyday life. I recently got engaged, and am very much looking forward to getting married this coming March.
I also enjoy the show “Suits.”

Zach and his fiancée, Emily


How would you describe your experience at the National Office, and what is your favorite part of working here? 
From my first day at the National Office, it was clear that I wasn’t joining a group of co-workers, but rather was becoming part of a family. I have the privilege to wake up every morning knowing that I’m going to work in an environment that is fun, supportive, and rewarding. If the National Office was a person, I’d totally ask it out on a date. 

Every day I get to talk to incredible chapter advisors, presidents and members who inspire me. Helping people develop and discover their true potential has always been a passion of mine, and this job allows me to do that. Here at the National Office, we have a slogan that goes, "Get it done, make it fun." I love working at a place that not only encourages us to work hard and better ourselves, but also gives us the freedom to have fun and be ourselves. My co-workers are all delightful, and it's truly a joy to get to work with them every day.

What is your greatest accomplishment? 
I once ate pizza for three consecutive meals… 
…for three consecutive years…
I have a problem.

What are you like outside of work?
If you couldn't tell, I'm a big fan of comedy. I love stand-up comedy and movies, and am a big fan of listening to comedy podcasts on my commute. I was born a New York Yankees fan and will die one, because I bleed pinstripes. In the past few years, I've really gotten into hiking and jogging. While I live in constant fear of bears, I still force myself to go on big hikes through the woods every few weeks. I love to do accidental half-marathons, which is when I ‘jalk’ (which is a hearty combination of jogging and walking) so long that I realize I've gone the distance of a half-marathon. I'm a huge nerd, so I love everything to do with comic books. I love to read just about anything I can get my hands on. I enjoy editing video and audio, which I do a lot of in my spare time. When I'm not doing all that, I'm usually busy planning my wedding with my wonderful fiancée, Emily. 

I also enjoy the show “Suits.”

If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?
A human. I think they got it pretty good. I’ve never seen a bear with an iPhone!
Side note: If you ever see a bear with an iPhone, you should run because that means that they are learning—using tools—and we stand no chance against them.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Superman. I thought it would be so amazing to be able to fly through the sky, lift unimaginable amounts of weight, and have heat vision that could melt steel. Then I grew up and realized how silly that all is. Now I want to be Batman.

If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Cawker City, Kansas: Home of the world’s largest ball of twine. I don’t think I have to explain any further!

If your life could be based on a movie or TV show, what show would it be and why?
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears. The thought of drinking a sip of Gummiberry Juice and bouncing around a forest gives me a tingle of excitement. I’ve also been mistaken for Tummi Gummi several times, so it would be an easy transition.

What is something no one knows about you?
I do have a deep, dark secret. It’s a secret that I swore I’d never tell anyone, but I feel we’ve grown very close over the course of this interview so I’m going to share it with you. I prefer chunky peanut butter. 
Wow! It feels so good to say that out loud!
I also enjoy the show “Suits.”

Zach, it was great speaking with you today, and we’re happy to share your incredibly unique story with our members.
Thank you for sharing!