Zenith Houston is CEO of GaillardHouston Enterprise, a management consultant firm that provides professional counsel to diverse nonprofit and high net-worth clients in philanthropic services, executive leadership coaching, strategic planning, program development, board recruitment, fundraising, strategic philanthropy, marketing, and volunteer management. She is also an inspired nonprofit leader and fundraising professional with more than 25+ years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising who was most recently the Director of Posse Atlanta from 2011 until December 2021. The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The Foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, 10-person multicultural teams—Posses. During Zenith’s tenure at the Posse Foundation, 700 Atlanta high school students earned more than $130 million in full-tuition, merit and leadership scholarships and 40 prestigious fellowship awards, including 6 Fulbright Fellows.
Zenith’s nonprofit tenure includes leadership roles at National Jewish Health, Meharry Medical College, Doris and Alex Jewish Community High School, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and The Wonder Foundation (Stevie Wonder).
Zenith has served on several national and local boards and currently serves on the board of Veritas School of Social Science, Alliance Theatre Advisory Board, and the Executive Board of Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been recognized by the Atlanta Hawks and ShareCare as A Forever 404 Honoree (2022), Atlanta Business League’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence (2020, 2021), 100 Black Men of North Atlanta Image Award, United Way Volunteer Improvement Program (VIP), Golf Women Mean Business for Outstanding Work in Youth Leadership Development, and Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award, and Kenny Leon’s True Color Theatre Company’s 52 Weeks of Women featuring women leaders of color in education, the arts, politics, religion, law, nonprofit. She was selected for the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute (2018), Schusterman Foundation as Nonprofit Changemaker for the REALITY Impact in Israel (2019), and Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2020). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, she holds a bachelor’s in science and master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Criminal Justice.