Zak Davidson serves as the Legislative Aide for Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. Born and raised in Columbus, Zak manages President Hardin’s policy development, budget priorities, and constituent services. Zak serves as the Council President’s lead representative on the Insight2050 Corridor Concepts project, a multi-partner planning effort based on the intersection of potential development patterns and high-capacity transit. Zak played an integral role in the passage of 2018 voter-approved changes to City Council’s structure. This change to Council’s structure, the first since 1914, adds two council members and requires members to live in different parts of town to improve neighborhood representation and accountability. Beyond overseeing strategic initiatives, Zak plans Council meetings, hearings, and press conferences, as well as large-scale events such as the City Hall Pride Illumination and The Purple Aisle Transportation Innovation Lab.
While studying Political Science at Tulane University, Zak ran volunteer mobilization, communications, and endorsement acquisition efforts for the 2015 Hardin campaign, resulting in a 42-point victory (71% of the vote).
Prior to this position, Zak worked in Alaska as a Shipping and Records Coordinator for Ekuk Fisheries and sold solar door-to-door in Louisiana. Zak spends his free time biking, playing basketball, reading about the history of cities, and eating at diners with his partner Annie.