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Zach Friend

Position: Director, Representing Santa Cruz County
Term: December 31, 2024
Appointing Authority: Board of Supervisors, County of Santa Cruz
Mailing Address:
Monterey Bay Air Resources District, 24580 Silver Cloud Court, Monterey, CA 93940

Supervisor – Santa Cruz County

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Zach Friend is a public policy, government relations and communications expert with significant experience shaping and enacting local, state and federal legislation and regulatory policy. He has worked for multiple presidential campaigns, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and has served as Santa Cruz County Supervisor for multiple terms. 

Zach has chaired local, regional, and national commissions on health care and health access, public health, transportation, technology policy, criminal justice reform, environment and land use, flood control and the film and television industries. 

Zach is a regular commentator on national television on public affairs and was previously spokesperson for the Santa Cruz, California Police Department and a battleground state press secretary and on-the-record state spokesperson with multiple presidential campaigns. 

He is the author of On Message: How a Compelling Narrative Will Make Your Organization Succeed, an best seller in the Marketing category. (1/24/2022)