Zoe Schlag

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Common Trust

Zoe Schlag is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Common Trust, and has spent her career as an entrepreneur and investor. Prior to Common Trust, Zoe served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Eric Schmidt’s family office, where she designed and led their Shared Ownership investing, and before that was as a Managing Director at Techstars, a global venture capital financing platform investing in ~500 startups annually with a combined portfolio market cap of $63.3B. Zoe led Techstars’ first impact fund and accelerator program, investing in 74 companies. Before Techstars, Zoe founded and served as CEO of UnLtd USA, an impact investment fellowship program, which she led to join forces with Techstars in 2017 to launch Techstars Impact. Zoe began her career in the international development world, working with ex-guerrilla fighters on an organic coffee farm in Guatemala, and later with child laborers and their families in rural Argentina, before transitioning into impact investing in India. Over Zoe’s career, she has worked with mission-driven founders and investors from seed through growth and exit. Zoe is an Aspen Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tuftsity.


Understanding Purpose Trusts: Advantages and Disadvantages

Posted on May 3, 2023 by Zoe Schlag, Susan Mac Cormac

Purpose trusts have been around for centuries. However, most practitioners are far more familiar with charitable trusts. Enforced in the UK by chancery courts since the 15th Century and adopted unto the US into the Uniform Trust Code in 2000, charitable purpose trusts have been established to advance identified charitable purposes (instead of specific beneficiaries) but are limited in time,… Read More