The Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) embodies the spirit of innovation. Drawing upon their experience and professional network, the EIR hosts workshops and classes, conducts one-on-one mentoring office hour sessions to guide emerging entrepreneurs in the development and launch of their concepts, and creates an active community of inquisitive professionals.

The Creative-In-Residence (CIR) helps connect library users to local creatives, artists, and makers within the New Haven community. The CIR brings the Ives Squared Tinker Lab makerspace to life — sharing skills and knowledge through workshops and classes, hosting one-on-one mentoring office hour sessions, exploring ideas in a public context, and creating collaborative projects.

Meet our EIR and CIR!

Rosalind Zavras
Rosalind ‘Roz’ Zavras

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 10 am-12 pm  

Wednesdays, 1-3 pm

All office hours will be in person for December.

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Entrepreneur In-Residence

Rosalind ‘Roz’ Zavras is a non-profit operations expert with over 15 years of experience building operational infrastructure for global and local social impact organizations. This experience has ranged from serving as a Foreign Service Officer in Ecuador and Canada to working as the Operations Director for a Social Enterprise eradicating unconscious racial bias. For the past 7 years, Roz has leveraged her varied experience to support non-profit organizations implementing new technology solutions. She has solved challenges ranging from revamping cash-based accounting systems in East Africa to creating a grant and donor tracking for a city-based community foundation. In April of 2022, Roz created her own practice, Aropa Consulting, to bring high level management consulting to small and growing nonprofits that are solving the operational challenges of scale.

Roz has a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. With a passion for sustainable equity, Roz is also an avid gardener, zero-waste advocate, and diversity consultant. In 2020, she spearheaded the creation of the first Racial Equity Committee among the Community Boards of New York City. She now lives in West Haven, CT with her husband and son.


Creative In-Residence

Vicky Blume is an artist and web designer based in New Haven, CT. Before joining Ives Squared as the 2022 Creative-in-Residence, Blume lit up communications and community engagement for Artspace New Haven and Creative Arts Workshop. This August, she joined the External Relations
team at Fractured Atlas, a non-profit technology company providing business tools and educational resources for artists.

This is Blume’s eighth autumn in New Haven, after moving to the city to study psychology and art at Yale. She has received grants for community-building art projects through the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. In her artistic practice, Blume builds interactive websites, animations, and installations that offer consensual alternatives to the Attention Economy. She believes that online spaces are designed by real people with real biases, and that we have the power to create user experiences that feel thoughtful, calming, and empowering. You can check out her work this fall at Atticus Cafe!

Vicky Blume

Office Hours

Mondays, 6-8 pm (IN PERSON)

Tuesdays, 1-3 pm (VIRTUAL)

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