Zachary Schlagel


Sacramento Delegation Attendee 2020

As the Senior Director of Public Policy at PATH, Zach Schlagel leads government and community affairs for this Statewide homeless service provider that serves over 10% of California's homeless individuals. Mr. Schlagel is actively working with Federal, State and Local elected officials to collectively address and end the homelessness epidemic. Mr. Schlagel previously ran an award-winning government affairs program at UC San Diego Health. While there, he led the public outreach campaign that successfully built support for the $2B Hillcrest Health Campus Long Range Development Plan. He was also instrumental in the passage of a partnership with the County of San Diego around behavioral health. Mr. Schlagel is most proud of his work to support diversity and inclusion. He was honored as Ally of the Year by San Diego Pride in 2017 for his leadership to create LGBT-friendly hospital policies and a transformative outreach effort, which included the annual Pride Lighting Ceremony that was the nation's first hospital-based event to support health equality. In 2011, he received the prestigious UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Champion Award. Mr. Schlagel has been active in politics for nearly two decades, starting as a Field Representative on a U.S. Senate campaign and then serving as a Community Representative for the 51st Congressional District. He has advised and volunteered for dozens of candidates over the years. Mr. Schlagel is a lifelong San Diegan, who lives in Clairemont with his wife, Rachel, and his children, Jack and Violet.