Anthony Zenkus is a licensed social worker who works full time as the director of education for The Safe Center, a victims services agency on Long Island providing services for survivors of family violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. He has worked for almost 30 years in the field of youth and family services. As a presenter, he has trained thousands of professionals regionally and nationally on issues of trauma, child abuse, family violence and income inequality and has been the keynote presenter at various conferences including the Prevent Child Abuse NY Annual Conference, The Child and Family Home Program National Conference, and the Nassau County Co-Occurring Disorders Annual Conference. Mr. Zenkus did a TED talk in 2016 on how income inequality and racism affect the brains and behavior of children, and is interviewed as an expert on family violence and trauma in television, print and digital media. Mr. Zenkus has taught as an adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work at Adelphi University for 9 years and has also taught at the LIU Post graduate School of Social Work.
Mr. Zenkus is an activist on issues of racial justice, income inequality and climate justice. He was trained by Vice President Al Gore as a presenter in his Climate Reality Project and has been an organizer with Occupy Wall Street, the fight for a $15 minimum wage, and an ally in the Movement for Black Lives.