Zachary Schlagel, Assistant Director of Government Affairs

Zachary Schlagel

Zachary Schlagel is assistant director of government affairs at UC San Diego Health. A recognized leader in public health and health policy, his key responsibilities include developing and implementing our plans for strategic community partnerships and advocacy initiatives.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health in 2007, Mr. Schlagel worked as a community representative for a member of the U.S. Congress. In this role, he served as the local advisor to the representative on healthcare, education and environmental issues. Mr. Schlagel has also served as an advisor and volunteer on a number of local and national political campaigns. In 2011, he was recognized as one of San Diego’s “40 Under 40” by San Diego Metro Magazine for his active leadership in the community and at UC San Diego Health.

Mr. Schlagel has become a thought leader in the public health movement, advising local non-profit organizations on legislative strategy and advocacy. He serves in a leadership role for UC San Diego Health’s partnerships with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and many others. After chairing UC San Diego Health’s successful smoke-free hospital effort in 2009, he joined the Leadership Board for the American Lung Association – San Diego Chapter, and was instrumental in the passage of e-cigarette regulations in the City and County of San Diego in 2014. 

His passion for diversity and inclusion led him to serve on the Board of San Diego LGBT Pride and the Mexican-American Business & Professionals Association. Additionally, he founded the UC San Diego Health LGBTQ Project, and helped launch major system-wide initiatives at UC San Diego Health that seek to empower communities of color and our LGBT staff, patients, visitors and neighbors. One of Mr. Schlagel’s proudest moments was receiving UC San Diego’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity award from former Chancellor Marye Anne Fox for his work in fostering diversity and inclusion throughout UC San Diego Health.

Mr. Schlagel received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego in 2004. A lifelong San Diegan, he currently lives in Clairemont with his wife Rachel, son Jack, and daughter Violet.