Zach Rybarczyk serves as the Cleveland Park Main Street Manager with District Bridges, whose mission is to invest in communities and support local businesses in the District. Prior to this new role, Zach served as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). As part of the Watershed Protection Division, Zach worked closely with District businesses, residents, and nonprofits to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics, all in an effort to meet the District’s 2030 zero waste goals to protect human and aquatic health. Prior to his position with DOEE, Zach was an ORISE Postgraduate Fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working to help build the climate resilience of drinking water and wastewater utilities across the country. Zach also served as a Boren Fellow in Morocco as part of the U.S. Department of Defense National Security Education Program.
In addition, Zach serves residents of Columbia Heights as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 1A03. As secretary and transportation committee chair for the Commission, Zach works with neighbors, local businesses and organizations, and government agency representatives to help build a safer and more sustainable community.
Outside of his work and elected position, Zach mentors with the Washington, DC office of The Ohio State University, assisting students who are interning for the semester with getting acclimated to life in the District. Zach also volunteers as an 826 DC Reading All-Stars reading buddy and enjoys meal prepping with Martha’s Table. Zach is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and French Studies), and American University (Master of Public Policy, Environmental Policy), and a current fellow with the Washington, DC chapter of the New Leaders Council.