Meet Zack

Cleveland, Born & Raised

From an early age Zack has always been committed to the city of Cleveland. Growing up in Mt. Pleasant, Zack worked as the local paper boy delivering the Cleveland Press and the Plain Dealer to families throughout the neighborhood. Zack was raised by a single mother who worked tirelessly for her three boys to have an opportunity. Zack graduated from John F. Kennedy High School where he played as a utility infielder for the Fighting Eagles! Today Zack lives in Mt. Pleasant.

From the Beginning

After graduation, Zack jumped right into the political world where he worked as State Senator Lee Fisher’s grassroots organizer. During that same election cycle, Richard F. Celeste was elected Governor and Zack was appointed to a position at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR.)

At ODNR, Zack worked in the Division of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for 11 years. Through a grant that was awarded to the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Zack was able to work with young adults from (CMHA) to be trained in the Conservation Corps. This program allowed for these individuals to work on community projects to improve the quality of life for the residents of the CMHA estates.

Because of Zack’s excellent work at the ODNR, he was recruited by the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) to launch the same program. Zack eventually moved on to be the Intergovernmental Affairs Officer for the SFHA where he worked with local trade unions, public and private agencies as well as public officials – specifically San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown. During Zack’s time in San Francisco, he secured more than $40 million dollars to help the SFHA in their ongoing improvements, renovation plans, and voucher programs.

Cleveland City Councilman

In January 2001, Zack was appointed to Cleveland City Council and went on to win the seat in November 2001. Zack fulfilled a lifelong dream of representing the neighborhood in which he grew up in. Zack represented the southeast side of Cleveland — Mt. Pleasant, Union Miles and the Mill Creek Falls neighborhoods until 2017.

During 17 years as councilman, Zack worked on a variety of initiatives to improve public safety, economic development and education throughout Cleveland. Zack sponsored legislation to allow free parking downtown during the holiday season, prohibiting texting while driving and restricting foods containing industrially produced trans-fat.

For the last 25 years, Zack has held an annual “Toys for Tots” fundraiser. Over the years this event has raised more than $10,000 and provided 20,000+ Christmas toys for children throughout the city. While Councilman, Zack also launched “Family Unity In The Park” — a free outdoor community health fair and concert. This event was held every year at Luke Easter Park, the state’s largest urban park.

Expanding Minority Businesses & Voting Rights

Zack began working for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office as the Minority Affairs Coordinator in 2019. During his time in this position, he worked to hear the needs of the minority business community and combat foreign misinformation that was targeting the minority community.

Zack learned about the successes of these businesses and the concerns they have which led to a current piece of legislation. This legislation will streamline the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification process, essentially cutting red tape and removing burdensome from these minority business owners.

During the 2020 Presidential Election, the world and state saw an assortment of misinformation campaigns specifically targeting the minority community. Zack and his team hosted regional training for individuals so that they could understand why they were being targeted and how to combat it before it reached too many of their peers.

ZACK REED FOR MAYOR

What’s Next

An amazing future is within reach.
Zack Reed has the leadership and vision to make it a reality. Stronger neighborhoods. More opportunities. A better life for all.

Vote Zack Reed for Cleveland Mayor in 2021.

ZACK REED FOR MAYOR

What’s Next

An amazing future is within reach.
Zack Reed has the leadership and vision to make it a reality. Stronger neighborhoods. More opportunities. A better life for all.

Vote Zack Reed for Cleveland Mayor in 2021.