Zack is the Co-Founder and CEO of St. Bernard Project (SBP) where he directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development, and fundraising for the organization that he co-founded following Hurricane Katrina.
A few of the many innovative programs at SBP that Zack has designed include: Good Work/Good Pay, a construction training program for returned war veterans, under/unemployed local citizens, and citizens recently released from jail; Opportunity Housing, an innovative blight eradicating and affordable housing program that turns blighted properties into well-built affordable housing, while also creating well-paying jobs for struggling community members; and Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab, that allows the company to train other organizations to utilize SBP's systems and processes.
Zack speaks nationally on a broad array of topics including organizational culture development, high-impact innovation, post-disaster recovery, and leadership. His work has been featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Zack has been recognized as New Orleanian of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Champion of Justice, and he has received the Manhattan Institute Social Innovation Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and a distinguished alumnus award from Washington College of Law.
Before founding SBP, Zack was an E. Barrett Prettyman Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, and he ran an indigent criminal defense practice in Washington, DC. One of Zack's most meaningful victories was freeing a man who served 23 years for a murder that he did not commit.