Zoë Francesca was raised in New York City, frequenting the City’s museums and attending the LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for vocal music and art history studies. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. Zoe holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland and was a contributing author to The Book of Symbols published by Taschen in 2010. She has written and co-written several other books on symbols and the life cycle. 



Zoë began training and volunteering in the eldercare field in 2008. She started her professional career at Engage As You Age, a San Francisco-based company, as an Activity Specialist and poetry teacher for elders from 2012-2015 before co-founding MAPS For Life, a 2-person company providing group and individual activities to elders, active from 2014-2016. She served as an Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at Sunrise Senior Living in 2016-17, then opened her individual Activity Therapist practice in 2017. Zoë is proud to be an Ashby Village Preferred Provider.


Zoe has developed her own professional track by training with: the Alzheimer’s Association; Family Caregiver Alliance;  the Gamliel Institute, a North American institute for studies of Jewish end of life practices; INELDA, the International End Of Life Doula Association; the Institute For Poetic Medicine;  Kol Haneshama, a program of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center & Jewish Home of San Francisco (Volunteer Spiritual Care Partner); Melaveh, a Jewish end of life spiritual support program based in Berkeley, California (Steering Committee &Volunteer); the Northern California Regional Sandplay Society;  NW Kaiser Permanente Hospice & Palliative Care Services in Portland, Oregon (Volunteer Respite Caregiver).


Organizational Memberships Held in 2019:
Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)
Creative Aging SF

East Bay End Of Life Doula Network
International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA)
Northern California Regional Sandplay Society (NCRSS)