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PowerPlayer: Zachary Darrow

Monday, April 04, 2011


He’s only 34 years old, but our latest PowerPlayer is already a managing partner at a prestigious downtown law firm and serves as a close confidant to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.  

Zachary Darrow balances his time between working as an advocate, legal counselor, and business advisor to the clients of DarrowEverett LLP and advising the Mayor on the I-195 project.  The Fitchburg State and Syracuse Law grad was gracious enough to chat with GoLocalProv about all of the important work he is doing for the City of Providence.

1) You were recently named special advisor to Mayor Taveras for the I-195 project.  What made you decide to partner with the mayor?  

Mayor Taveras is a very special individual who has the never-ending desire and great ability to change things for the better. He has and will continue to tirelessly and selflessly give 110 percent towards improving the City of Providence.  Going into the mayoral election, it was obvious that we were going to be facing some unprecedented challenging times. After spending some time with the mayor it was clear that he had tackled adversity before, and was ready to do so again for our Capital City.  When he spoke of change, you knew he meant it and would have the courage to effectuate it. It is easy to work for those you respect.

2) Take us through a day in your life. 

We don’t have enough time.  Let’s just say that it starts very early and ends very late. I wish someone would invent the 30-hour day.

3) What is the single most important factor when it comes to economic development in Providence? 

Collaboration – on all fronts – state, city, private sector, and non-profits.   

4) What is the most disappointing part of your job? 

There is no disappointing part to what I do.  While some elements can be particularly challenging at times, I wouldn’t change anything. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such amazing clients and colleagues. 

5) Tell us something nobody knows about you.

I would but then everyone would know.

Quick Hitters

Role Model:  As a student of history, there are many men and women I have learned from and look up to.  Other than mentioning my mother, who had to work very hard over the years to ensure that my sister and I had the necessary tools for survival and success, and my first boss, Bob Nault, who taught me what it really meant to be a professional and an honorable business person, I will simply note that the list of those who have served to “show me the way” is pretty long.  I am grateful to have learned from them all, and am sure I will continue to learn from them and others for years to come.

Favorite Restaurant: Capriccio

Best Beach: One with wi-fi access and a power outlet.

Best book you've read in the last year: Execution: The discipline of getting things done, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan – I have read this book every year for the last seven years.

Advice for the next Zach Darrow:  Stop and enjoy the fresh air, the blue sky, and the bright sunshine a little more often the next time around.

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