Zack works with private businesses and public agencies to negotiate and draft complex real estate and financial structures. Working frequently with state and local regulatory and permitting agencies, he represents clients before a variety of administrative bodies to enable clients to complete some of the region’s most intriguing projects, including: development of a mixed-use project in San Francisco’s Fillmore District featuring Yoshi’sJazz Club and Restaurant and 80 condominiums, entitling a 14-story, 220-unit residential building in Jack London Square, and the creative vertical subdivision of the Oakland YWCA, rescuing the “Y” from bankruptcy and saving a Julia Morgan building. He is currently representing the Planning and Development Team hired by the City of Oakland, exploring how to create Coliseum City of Oakland and save the Raiders, the Warriors and the A’s for Oakland.
In 2012, Zack was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. As General Counsel to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Zack played an integral role negotiating with BCDC on the Bay Plan Amendment to address rising sea levels. In addition, Zack serves as general counsel to the Alameda County Transportation Commission. He currently serves as vice-chair of the San Francisco Regional Center that coordinates regional policies of MTC, ABAG, BAAQMD and BCDC. He also serves as general counsel to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, as well as to several non-profit corporations and foundations engaged in technology transfer and scientific development.
An active member of the East Bay community, Zack has donated hundreds of hours of his time to committees and programs designed to enhance the economic development of Oakland and surrounding communities.