Here are some of the leadership and community positions I have held:
- Group Health Leadership Advisory Group Seattle, 2013-2016.
- Council of State Governments Toll Fellow - selection committee,
- Seattle International Film Festival Renton Host Committee 2012, 2013, 2014.
- Seattle Community College President’s Advisory Committee 2009-present.
- Renton Chamber of Commerce, 2002-present.
- Friends of the VA Puget Sound Fisher House for Veterans,
- President and Founding Board Member, 2004-2013.
- Domestic Abuse Women's Network, King Co. WA,
- Board Member, 2003-2006.
- Global Leadership Development Program, US State Department- Community College Initiative, Highline Community College,
- Guest Lecturer, Fall 2010; Fall 2011.
- Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL); India, Indonesia, Seattle, WA,
- Host and Delegate 2009, 2010.
- National Democratic Institute, Croatian Parliamentary Delegation,
- Presenter, 2004.
- National Democratic Institute, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq,
- Political and Governance Trainer, 1994; 2004.
Here are some of the awards and recognition I have received in the past:
- “Spirit of Excellence Award” UW Gates School of Law, Masters of Jurisprudence program 2018.
- “Outstanding Elected Leader Award” Fix Democracy First 2018.
- Council of State Governments, Henry Toll Fellow 2016; Border Academy 2018.
- “Community Service and Leadership Award” from SeaMar 2014.
- “Making College a Reality” Iniguez Family Endowment 2015.
- Graduation Speaker, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts 2014.
- Graduation Speaker, ITT Tech 2006; 2013.
- “Legislator of the Year” award from WA Conservation Voters 2012.
- National Telly Award for writing, “groundbreaking” non-broadcast video 2012.
- Commencement Speaker, International Academy of Design and Technology, 2011.
- Rated “Outstanding” by the non-partisan Municipal League 2002, 2010, 2012, 2014.
- NW Paralyzed Veterans Galbreath “Legislative Service to Veterans” award 2010.
- “Building Church and Community” award, PIBC 2006.
- Recognized as WA State A. Philip Randolph Institute “Legislator of the Year” 2003.
- Named a ‘Rising Star’ by the National Journal’s Hotline
Like many families, my wife and I worry about the economy, our son's education and the future. I want to take my experience working in the public and private sectors and as a husband and father to Olympia to create good jobs and fight for better education funding.
Even as the economy begins to improve, I know there is a long way to go. With your vote I can fight for better jobs, affordable health care, a balanced budget, and a clean environment.
Zack has co-chaired the task force on outsourcing jobs and currently chairs the bipartisan Joint Administrative Rule Review Committee and he chairs the General Government and Information Technology Committee which is responsible for all legislation that costs up to $1 million, and for the oversight of 68 State agency budgets and IT projects across state government. Between these budgets, the committee oversees about $5 Billion tax dollars.
Zack started at Amazon.com in September of 1997 as a customer service representative. At the relatively new company, Zack answered phone calls and responded to emails for customers who were wondering where their stuff was! As the company grew, Zack moved on to the marketing department. The values of top tier customer service were carried with Zack as he entered public service.
As a program and project manager at Amazon.com Zack helped launch over 20 projects or features. He led a team of 20 to Europe to set up a contact center in The Hague, Netherlands. When the team arrived there were 6 people in the building. When they left six months later, there were 385 people supporting websites in the UK, Germany and France for customers all across Europe.
As a contractor at Microsoft, Zack supported two subscription programs for the Latin American Operations Groups. He worked with vendors in California and subsidiaries across Latin America to make sure customers had what they needed.
Working in the high technology sector helped focus his managment skills on getting projects done on time and under budget. Attention to detail and the process were required every day.
Building democracy and monitoring elections overseas
Zack volunteered to work with local party organizations, candidates, and municipal governments in Kiev, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine. Teaching the tools of democracy, the values of openness, transparency, and fairness and the process of accountable elections Zack led seminars, discussions and workshops for the newly independent Ukraine.
Later that same year, Zack was asked to travel to Central Asia to do similar work in Kyrgyzstan, another former Soviet Republic that wanted to know how to adopt a fair and accountable democratic process.
In 2002, Washington was struggling in a recession. The dot com bubble had burst, costing 30k jobs. Boeing alone laid of 36,000 workers after the 9/11 disasters. Zack decided to run for office to make sure Olympia knew what it was like to struggle in the economy.
In Olympia, Zack has focused on creating opportunity for everyone, making government work better to save tax dollars and digging into the details of budgets for state agencies and IT projects.
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.