Equally experienced in the realms of business and government, Zeb Portanova divides his time between consulting and his duties on the Board of Directors of the Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation. For the last five years, he has maintained a leadership role with the Foundation, which seeks to increase educational opportunities and improve the quality of life for Indiana residents. During this time, Zeb Portanova and his fellow Directors have overseen the distribution of approximately $2 million per year to charitable groups in Indianapolis.
Zeb Portanova spent the early stage of his professional life in the public sector. In 2002 and 2003, he held the posts of Legislative Correspondent and Policy Coordinator for U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Harris, who represented Florida's 13th Congressional district.
Later, Zeb Portanova bolstered his understanding of government by pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During this time, he led a team of students conducting an in-depth analysis of the state of American health care. Zeb Portanova was selected by his peers to brief the Dean of the School, Dr. David Ellwood, on their findings. He graduated from Harvard in June 2005.
In the years that followed, Zeb Portanova worked full time, pro bono, as Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the Sarasota office of Habitat for Humanity, where he focused on providing affordable housing to families in need. He also was appointed Partner with The Proscenium Development, LLC, a large-scale development project including Waldorf=Astoria Hotels.
In both 2007 and 2008, he was named a regional finalist for the prestigious White House Fellows Program. In 2010, Zeb Portanova accepted the position of Partner with Laurus Strategies and simultaneously earned his MBA from Duke University with a specialization in Health Sector Management.