National Democratic Institute - Iraq

In 2004 the US had occupied all of Iraq. The next step was trying to create a stable democratic society where people could freely vote.

In preparation for the first elections, Zack volunteered to work with the National Democratic Institute, a non-partisan organization that promotes the tools of democracy around the world.

He flew into Baghdad in September of 2005 and lived outside the Green Zone. As a Senior Program for Governance, he worked with the Interim Iraqi National Congress.

During a meeting with political party leaders at the Sheraton Hotel, a suicide car bomb shook the building. A rocket attack damaged rooms days before the meetings. They were very real reminders that democracy should not be taken for granted. 

Our votes matter.