Zack was born and raised in Spokane to a public-service family that has served Eastern Washington for generations as wheat farmers, public school teachers, secretaries, and bus drivers. In spite of his humble background as a first-generation college student, Zack’s passion and persistence drove him to attend Georgetown University, where he worked nights and weekends at McDonald’s to support himself. Zack is a Fulbright Scholar, and received a full scholarship to obtain his Master’s in Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Despite his credentials, Zack never forgot his working class background. As a teacher, Zack advocated for changes to help students ignored by the public school system, raising over $20,000 annually to support three civic education clubs: mock trial, youth legislature, and DC educational trip. He has worked and fought to expand access to higher education, affordable health care, and safe routes to school.
Following his family’s tradition, Zack is proud to use his skills and experiences to serve Spokane. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Zack has volunteered to organize delivery of over 100,000 meals to families in need.
He is now a program manager promoting health equity, working on school-based telehealth, rural broadband, COVID vaccine outreach and coordinated care. He is running for Spokane City Council to continue fighting to ensure that everyone has a fair shot.
Although Zack came up short in his race for the 2020 Washington State House race, he ran the closest race in Eastern Washington.