Zach Garafalo helps changemakers understand their opposition, shape public opinion and win.
Zach’s work focuses on building the political and economic power of the Disability Community. Zach developed and led the successful campaign to secure permanent representation for New Yorkers with disabilities in the Executive Chamber and laid the groundwork for the passage of progressive policing legislation in the City of Albany. Additionally, Zach collaborated with national Disability Justice advocates to secure the introduction of bipartisan, bicameral civil rights legislation which would codify the Olmstead v. Lois Curtis Supreme Court decision.
Zach speaks extensively on disability, police-community relations and engaging marginalized communities in policy development. His speaking engagements have included multiple presentations at the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to U.S. State Department delegations from Belarus, Latin America, Mexico and the Netherlands.
Zach is active in his community. He is a military officer, currently serving as DMNA-NYG HHD Commander. He is a member of the Albany County Community Services Board, the Albany County Democratic Committee and the Democratic National Committee’s Disability Council. He lives in Albany with his partner and newborn daughter.