Zoot Velasco
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Building Community Through



Areas of Practice

Capacity Building & Fund Development

With a comprehensive strategic plan and targeted advice, Zoot can usually help clients double their capacity in 18-24 months.

Books & Podcasts

Check out Zoot's books on capacity building and his podcast on on demystifying organizational growth.


Come with Zoot and enjoy gourmet wine dinners and cultural travel around the world arranged as charitable fundraisers for Zoot's favorite organizations.

History of Rotary

Zoot presents a 20 minute speech on the history of Rotary free of charge to clubs along his travels. He just came back from speaking at district events throughout the Philippines in January.

STEAM Program Design

Zoot created the first STEAM programs in Orange County winning local, regional and statewide awards, and quadrupling the capacity of the education programs at his musuem. STEAM is the new STEM and finally brings funding to the arts. Let Zoot show you how it works and design some programs for you.

INstitutional Art Programs

Zoot started working in prisons, foster care and juvenile halls in 1990. He manages Arts In Corrections programs for the California Arts Council and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to this day. He can help you design programs that work for special populations in institutional setting.  

Event Production

Zoot produces festivals, concerts and events. He has produced events for the City of LA, City of Pasadena, City of Long Beach, and many organizations including Grand Performances and the Muckenthaler. Several of his events have won regional awards (LA Weekly Best Halloween Party and Orange Coast Magazine Most Eclectic). Recently, Zoot produced TEDx Bakersfield (September 2017). 

keynote SPeaker & Auctioneer

Zoot has been keynote speaker for service clubs, scholarship organizations, community organizations, and conferences. Last year he opened the Summer School for Nonprofits at California State University Fullerton. As a charity auctioneer he routinely breaks records for new funding.  


Zoot teaches nonprofit management programs for California State University Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and advises on programs for Calfornia State University Fullerton's Giennecshi Center for Nonprofit Research. He also teaches Webinars for CharityHowTo.com. He can create a great workshop or series for your organization, or reformat any topic into a keynote speech. 

Theatrical Work

Zoot maintains his Screen Actor's Guild Union Card and works occasionally in theatre, film, and television as well as teaching theatre and storytelling. Zoot has danced with Michael Jackson and Prince, worked for James Cameron and Arsenio Hall, and performed internationally on stages and at festivals. Recently Zoot was featured in a Target commercial, a French mineral water commercial, and a Russian TV Series. 



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