Zach Friend is a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, representing the 2nd District - which includes Aptos, La Selva, Corralitos, and portions of Capitola and Watsonville. He serves on a number of local commissions including the Regional Transportation Commission, Metro Board of Directors, Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District, Library Joint Powers Board, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Task Force and the Local Agency Formation Commission.
Previously, he was the Principal Management Analyst and Spokesman for the Santa Cruz Police Department.
He has worked on the Presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John Kerry, as well as locally for Sam Farr, and he was the chairperson of the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party and Deputy National Director of Special Projects for the Democratic National Committee. Additionally, he worked in the White House doing economic policy for the Council of Economic Advisers.
In the past he has won local 'Best Of' awards for his work as a musician, and he has played in the band Blueprint. He has published extensively on governmental administration issues and policing including improving police patrol allocations, community-oriented policing and benchmarking. His articles have run in a number of government publications including Public Management Magazine and American City/County Magazine. He is the author of a book on narrative, messaging and communications titled On Message on Turner Publishing. He also writes a blog for The Huffington Post.
Friend received a bachelor's degree with honors in History from UCSC and then went on to Georgetown University where he received a master's degree in Public Policy.
- May Day Riots, by Zach Friend, Good Times, May 25, 2010, retrieved on July 21, 2010.
Santa Cruz County supervisor incumbents win by landslides by Amy Larson, KSBW, June 8, 2016, retrieved on Aug 23, 2016
Huffington Post articles by Zach Friend
Don Lane and Zach Friend: Getting Santa Cruz County moving by Don Lane and Zach Friend, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug 20, 2016, retrieved on Aug 23, 2016
Times Publishing Group, Inc articles by Zach Friend
Broadband: What exactly is the Board of Supervisors considering to adopt? by Zach Friend, Santa Cruz Tech Beat, Jan 24, 2014, retrieved on Aug 23, 2016