John Zapolski is Vice President of Innovations, focusing on engaging entrepreneurs and the creative community in support of advancing the Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of health and life for older adults. Previously with Two Bit Circus, he created and led STEAM Carnival, a live entertainment brand and traveling spectacle that inspired kids to invent with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. John also co-founded Fonderie 47, a fine jewelry and timepiece company that removed and destroyed assault weapons from conflict zones by upcycling the materials and creating meaningful, elegant accessories. While becoming one of the largest private funders of small arms destruction in the world, the company’s work was widely recognized for its beauty and impact by The New York Times, the ONE Club, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, and the Grand Prix D’Horologerie de Geneve.
A passionate educator as well, John developed and taught courses on innovation, design strategy, and entrepreneurship at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and the New York School of Visual Arts’ Master of Fine Arts program.