Brad Zervas | Executive Director
Prior to joining Lowcountry Legal Volunteers in late 2018, Brad spent over 30 years dedicated to the advancement and development of urban children as the Director of The Boys’ Club of New York and then Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York. As a community activist, author and veteran administrator, Brad’s primary focus has been on the restoration of families and the advancement of policies and practices that promote greater access and equity across all sectors of public service. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with degrees in education and Latin American studies and began his career as a program coordinator and language arts instructor at a maximum security prison north of Hartford, Connecticut, where his passion for youth development and many of his subsequent theories regarding poverty and marginalization first took shape.
After five years with the Connecticut Department of Corrections, he went on to serve Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts as its first Director of Public and Private Partnerships. In this capacity, Zervas spearheaded a community scholars program that’s primary focus and objective was the inclusion of first-generation college bound children from low-income families from Holyoke and Springfield, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut in the school’s first-rate education.
Zervas has also served on numerous local, regional, national and international boards. His work as a trustee and steward of the resources he was asked to oversee has produced groundbreaking programs promoting student exchange, professional development and institutional advancement and community enrichment. Brad lives in Bluffton with his wife, Dr. Leticia Zervas-Gaytan. They have two adult children and five terrific grandsons who live in New York and Australia.