Zachary First

Executive Director

Zachary First

Executive Director

Zach joined the Drucker Institute team in 2007, and was named executive director in 2016. Under his leadership, the Drucker Institute has created the annual Management Top 250 ranking in The Wall Street Journal, the S&P/Drucker Institute Corporate Effectiveness Portfolio with First Trust, the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society and the Bendable lifelong learning system.

Zach has written for Harvard Business Review, S&P Indexology and Harvard Magazine, and contributed the afterword to the 50th Anniversary Edition of Peter Drucker’s classic The Effective Executive.

Previously, Zach served as the inaugural assistant dean at Olin College, which was founded in 2000 with a $430 million gift from the F. W. Olin Foundation in order to reinvent engineering education. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College, where his advisor was Lucius Outlaw, Jr. He earned his masters and doctorate degrees in higher education from Harvard University, with Richard Chait as his mentor.

In 2020, Zach was named a visiting professor at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan. He has served as a trustee and, from 2014–2018, president of the board of the Children’s Center at Caltech, one of America’s leading nonprofit providers of innovative STEM-based early childhood and preschool education. From 2013-2016, Zach was a member of the Board of Advisors at PayScale, creator of the world’s largest database of individual compensation profiles. And from 2009-2011, he was a fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.