Zack fell in love with Lake Champlain from an early age and he is honored to serve as Lakekeeper.
For the last fifteen years, Zack has worked tirelessly to safeguard wild places and wildlife and protect communities from the impacts of fossil fuel extraction. Zack started his conservation career as a wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service in the North Cascades and Northern Rockies. Moving into advocacy, Zack served as Campaign Director for All Against the Haul, uniting stakeholders and rightsholders across four states in a fight that defeated Exxon Mobil’s plans to transform a Wild and Scenic River corridor into an industrial superhighway to Alberta’s Tar Sands.
Following that victory, Zack worked for eight years as Western Montana Field Director and NexGen Wilderness Leaders Program Director for Montana Wilderness Association, building coalitions, leading Congressional legislative efforts, and shaping policies to benefit wildlands. Most recently, Zack was Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Northeast Wilderness Trust in Montpelier, Vermont, the only land trust in New England dedicated to forever-wild conservation.
When not working for wild places, Zack and his wife Kassia can be found exploring them with their daughter, Celeste, and black lab, Stella.