Our History

The Moxie Foundation was founded in 2011 by Irwin Zahn. Zahn began his storied career in 1954 in the garment district of New York City. A young entrepreneur filled with grit, vigor and a dream, Zahn grew his one-man business, the General Staple Company, into a global enterprise, Autosplice, Inc.

After 57 years, Zahn sold his company and launched the Moxie Foundation with a vision to infuse entrepreneurial “moxie” into the greatest challenges facing society. Today, the foundation fulfills its mission to enrich communities and empower changemakers by investing in – and partnering alongside innovators who take creative risks in the name of building a better world.

Learn more about some of Moxie’s partnerships here.

Leadership

Irwin Zahn

CEO and Chairman

Irwin Zahn

Peter Zahn

President and Director

Peter Zahn

Karen Paterson

Director

Karen Paterson

Ellen Waddell

Director

Ellen Waddell