Special Assistant to the President

Zoe Ingalls

Zoe Ingalls is Special Assistant to Vartan Gregorian, the President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. In that role, she directs the $6.6 million Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, which annually awards fellowships of $200,000 to up to thirty-five scholars in the humanities and social sciences. She is also responsible for the Academic Leadership Awards, a biennial award of $500,000 to exemplary college or university presidents in support of their academic initiatives. Ingalls serves as program officer for Special Opportunity Fund and discretionary grants that emanate from the Office of the President, oversees special projects such as the TIME Summit on Higher Education, the Voices for Peace 1914/2014 conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the conference and activities in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, and other initiatives specifically in support of the president. 

Before joining Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ingalls was a reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education covering research, college presidents, the faculty, religion, research libraries, and arts and culture, among other areas; a city planner for the City of Baltimore, Maryland, in the Capital Improvement Programming section, where she was responsible for analyzing capital-funding requests for the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, neighborhood markets, and the Off-Street Parking Commission; Managing Editor and Web Director of Duke Magazine, the award-winning alumni magazine of Duke University; and a civic leader and advocate for housing and education.

Ingalls is a Member of the Corporation of the New York Botanical Garden and serves on the garden’s Library Visiting Committee. She received an A.B. in English with Honors from Goucher College.