Growing up as the daughter of immigrants in the Bay Area, a mecca of multiculturalism, Zaneta learned early on how to navigate and appreciate the differences in people’s backgrounds, identities and experiences. She brings this conscientiousness to her work, to help others resolve conflict and bridge gaps in their interactions with and understanding of each other.
Zaneta believes we cannot fix what we do not face. She takes pride in doing investigations and conflict resolution trainings. She sees this work as an integral part in helping people have hard conversations, reach uncomfortable self-realizations, show empathy and take accountability for their impact on others — work we should all do individually and as a society to bring about change.
Zaneta has conducted more than 100 investigations involving allegations of discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation and religion as well as allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and other misconduct. More than 40 of her investigations have included allegations reported against high-level executives and elected officials.
Zaneta has also conducted climate assessments and served as an ombudsman to help organizations understand and address workplace concerns of their employees. Zaneta also provides conflict resolution services, such as mediation, post-investigation strategies and recommendations, as well as Conflict Resolution and Effective Communication trainings, to help repair working relationships and enhance workplace culture. Finally, Zaneta also speaks about race and cultural competency in workplace investigations, to promote equitable and conscientious investigative practices.
In law school, Zaneta served on the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and interned with UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland. Before becoming an attorney investigator, she practiced business litigation for eight years, first with Baker & McKenzie’s New York Office and then with Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller after she returned to the Bay Area.
To relax and recenter, Zaneta enjoys road trips along the California coast with her husband, daughter and dog, exploring beaches, eating fresh seafood and catching golden sunsets. Zaneta and her husband love traveling to crystal clear blue waters, from Big Sur to June Lake, El Nido, Philippines to Kefalonia, Greece. Zaneta hopes their daughter develops a similar love for travel, at home and abroad.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin
Cultural Competence in Investigations | AWI 2023 Annual Conference
- October 5-6, 2023
Internal Investigations of Employee Complaints and Misconduct: Mitigating Risks of Expanded Whistleblower Laws | Strafford
- January 12, 2022
CALPELRA’s 2021 Annual Training Conference | CALPELRA
- November 16 - 19, 2021
Chicagoland Title IX Consortium | Chicagoland Title IX Consortium
- February 12, 2021
CALPELRA 2020 Virtual Conference | CALPELRA
- November 16 - 20, 2020
Association of Workplace Investigators 2020 Virtual Conference | Association of Workplace Investigators
- November 5 - 6, 2020
Mediating Across Differences | Association of for California Governmental Human Resources Professionals (CalGovHR)
- March 8, 2023
Supporting Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) and the Fight for Women’s Equality | Equal Rights Advocates
- June 14, 2017
Beyond Investigations: Repairing and Enhancing Workplace Culture With Conflict Resolution Tools | CALPELRA
- November 14 - 17, 2023
Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., English
Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Climate Surveys and Assessments
State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
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