Zander Bernard Abranowicz was born at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City during a snowstorm, and lived the first few years of his life in the bear-infested wilderness of northwestern New Jersey. His early years were spent bouncing around the world--the Caribbean, England, Italy, France, Greece--with his father, a travel photographer, and mother, a writer.
Zander became a licensed falconer at age twelve, trapping and training his first Red-tailed hawk, Achilles, the same year. Achilles accompanied Zander and his father on a trip to Eden, Wyoming, the largest uninhabited tract of land in the United States--Halliburton country--to hunt sage grouse with peregrine falcons. Achilles caught a large Western rabbit at a junkyard. Over the years Zander has trained and hunted with American kestrels, Lanner falcons, and Harris hawks.
During high school vacations Zander traveled to Chile, Italy, Greece, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Peru, where he acquired a parasite from chewing rotten coca leaves in the Amazon. Lesson learned.
For six months of his junior year, Zander attended Liceo Martin Luther King and lived with a local family in Favara, a small city on the southern coast of Sicily. From his balcony he could see small boats overladen with African refugees. Navigating a world of frequent student strikes, teacher strikes, garbage strikes, feral dogs, and scooter acrobatics, Zander learned Italian and basic Sicilian dialect.
At Cornell University in Ithaca, NY he studied Government, with a particular focus on revolutionary theory and history. Zander received a grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies to conduct three months of field research in Greece on the socioeconomic dimensions of the economic crisis, interviewing politicians, artists, journalists, and self-styled revolutionaries in Athens, agriculturalists in Thessaloniki, orthodox monks on the holy mountain of Athos, and survivors of the Nazi occupation and Greek civil war along the Greek-Albanian border. His findings are the topic of his forthcoming book, "The Gun is Heavy: The Crisis of Contemporary Greek Statehood."
Throughout university, Zander provided illustrations for The Cornell Book Review and the Cornell Daily Sun, and wrote a weekly column on foreign affairs for the Cornell International Affairs Review's online wing, The Diplomacist. His first week in Ithaca, he founded Sonic Landscapes, a weekly music radio broadcast, which over the next four years and more than 75 episodes, acquired listeners in 92 countries, from the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, to Oman, to Burkina Faso.
Since graduation, Zander worked at Elite Traveler magazine as a writer, editor, and assistant to editor-in-chief and founder Doug Gollan, and later, as an intern at Maria B. Campbell Associates, the pioneering literary, film, and television scouting firm. After a stint as a location scout and site manager for Saturday Night Live, Zander joined Code and Theory as an editorial associate on the business development team, thereby joining legions of his generational peers seeking to mold the digital world in our likeness. Zander then worked as a consultant at Roth Ryan Hayes, the original agency search consultancy, and founded boutique digital strategy agency, Stake, where he served as a partner and Director of Strategy. He is currently Project Manager and Brand Writer at creative studio Athletics. Zander is also member of Qual Agency, an international network of designers, coders, and creatives.
And that about covers it.