Zach Friend

Public Information Officer/Crime Analyst, Santa Cruz Police


Zach Friend is a policy, public affairs and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and in both houses of Congress. For most of the last decade Zach has been the Press Information Officer and Crime Analyst for the Santa Cruz Police Department. In addition to directing communications strategy and acting as the department's spokesman, he analyzes crime statistics to help design more effective prevention and enforcement strategies. He has been published extensively on issues related to public management, law enforcement resource allocations and health and economic policy. Zach has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA with Honors in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was recently elected as County Supervisor for the 2nd District and begins his term in January 2013.