Zachary A. “Zach” Stanley '96
Like many college students at the end of their undergraduate days, Zach Stanley “…didn’t have a job lined up and was unsure what field I wanted to enter. I knew I had an interest in ‘politics’ but I didn’t know how to translate that into a job straight out of college.” Zach obtained a full-time internship in Senator Ted Kennedy’s Boston office that summer working for the Issues Director, who helped Zach get an interview with the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), host of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
“At the DNCC, I worked for the Deputy CEO for External Affairs – the main liaison between the DNCC and federal elected officials, federal advocacy groups, and union groups, all of which were planning on attending the Convention – for just about a year. This experience gave me great insight into how politics functions behind the curtain.”
Zach was a field organizer for the Florida Democratic Party during the 2004 Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign. In 2005, he joined the team at Rasky Baerlein, an independent PR and public affairs firm, where he specializes in state and municipal legislative advocacy, grassroots and grasstops organizing, and digital advocacy campaigns. He has experience and expertise in numerous fields, including energy, health care, public safety, technology, and transportation.
Zach served as Pine Point’s Commencement Speaker in 2015. He reminded the graduates that “Pine Point taught me how to learn, and how to think. My years at Pine Point were not why I struggled in high school, but rather the reason I was finally able to succeed. When you face challenges, consider your time at Pine Point and remember that you have all the tools you need to be successful in high school, and beyond.”