Niki Zoli

Hospitality and Social Impact Consultant

Niki Zoli is the former Director of Social Impact at Marriott International, Inc. While at Marriott Niki managed a portfolio of global and national social impact programs and initiatives, primarily in the youth employment, disaster response, resiliency and headquarters-area community engagement space.  She also oversaw Marriott’s expanded annual sustainability reporting to key stakeholders, including investors.  In addition, she supported the company’s longstanding partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation to help protect 1.4 million acres of Amazon rainforest in Brazil, primarily and most recently through support for sustainable livelihoods projects and rainforest product sales to Marriott’s Brazil hotels.

 

More recently, she has joined on as a sustainability and social impact consultant for two of the leading global research and insights organizations, AlphaSights and Third Bridge Group Limited. Niki also continues to advise and support global youth workforce readiness programs, including GTTP, and is collaborating with World Central Kitchen, ReFED and World Wildlife Fund as they develop COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 era programs to ensure better access to more sustainable, nutritious food for those in need. She continues to speak regularly about sustainability and social impact and its value to a number of audiences around the world.

 

Prior to joining Marriott in 2007, Niki worked with other socially responsible companies and organizations including Whole Foods Market, Honest Tea, and the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (now known as Impact(Ed)).

 

She currently serves on the Partners Advisory Board for Nilus, a global organization that has developed technology to rescue food products that are at risk of being wasted from producers and retailers, and is an advisor to the board of GTTP.

 

Niki received her undergraduate degree in journalism with a specialization in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin, her master’s in public communications from American University, and studied at the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.