UC San Diego Health
Zachary Schlagel is assistant director of government affairs at UC San Diego Health. A recognized leader in the public health movement, his key responsibilities include developing and imple menting plans for strategic community partnerships and advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health in 2007, Mr. Schlagel worked for a member of the U.S. Congress. In this role, he served as the local advisor to the representative on healthcare, education and environmental issues. Mr. Schlagel has also served as an advisor and volunteer on a number of local and national political campaigns. In 2011, he was recognized as one of San Diego’s “40 Under 40” by San Diego Metro Magazine for his active leadership. Mr. Schlagel advises local non-profit organizations on legislative strategy and advocacy, and serves in a leadership role for UC San Diego Health’s partnerships with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and many others. After chairing UC San Diego Health’s successful smoke-free hospital effort in 2009, he joined the Leadership Board for the American Lung Association – San Diego, and was instrumental in the passage of e-cigarette regulations in the City and County of San Diego in the City and County of San Diego in 2014. His passion for diversity and inclusion led him to serve on the Board of San Diego LGBT Pride and the Mexican-American Business & Professionals Association. Additionally, he spearheaded the nation’s first-ever hospital lighting to recognize the LGBT community, which has become an annual tradition at UC San Diego Health.