Albany Common Council Appointee
Zach Garafalo is an advocate, organizer and public speaker. His work focuses on empowering multiply-marginalized community members, particularly those adversely impacted by institutionalization, incarceration and policing.
Zach serves on the Albany Community Police Review Board (CPRB) and is a former member of the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee (ACPAC). Leveraging these relationships enabled Zach to engage community members, the Albany Police Department and other stakeholders on topics including: Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Older Adults, Mental Health First Aid, The Opioid Epidemic, Crisis Intervention and Community Policing and Community Policing and Student Neighbors.
Additionally, Zach is an enlisted member of the New York Guard. He is a Military Emergency Management Specialist and earned his basic qualification in COMMO.
Zach speaks extensively on engaging marginalized communities in policy discussions, including in presentations at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the White House and to US State Department delegations from Belarus, Latin America, Mexico and the Netherlands. Zach is a regular commentator on WCAA 107.3 FM-LP.
Among his professional accolades, Zach was honored by President Barack Obama as a Champion of Change.