Zak works from River Network’s Boulder headquarters to coordinate Project Rain Barrel and World Environment Day community engagement events. He focuses on giving local partner organizations the resources and guidance they need to create community-based conservation and restoration projects that result in measurable improvements to their watersheds.
Zak received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in 2010. After graduating, he managed a watercraft inspection station which successfully prevented the introduction of aquatic invasive species to Lake Tahoe. Following this position, Zak directed and promoted several producer-only farmers’ markets near the Columbia River in rural Oregon. He helped establish and oversee an innovative Mobile Farmers’ Market and Veggie Prescription Program which improved equitable access to healthy local food. After moving to Colorado, Zak coordinated several visitor use studies to quantify recreation impacts to Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks and its unique natural resources.
Zak is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver where he is advancing his ability to manage natural resource conservation initiatives. He enjoys skiing, backcountry camping, mountain biking, and gardening in his spare time.