Zach Ormsby earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Washington, Seattle. While there, he competed at state and national levels in speech and debate, consistently made the dean's list, was a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society and the Young Democrats, and served as chapter president of his fraternity.
Following graduation, Ormsby moved to Detroit, Michigan, as a Teach for America corps member, and taught 7th and 8th grade social studies. From 2012-2014, he co-led the founding of University YES Academy Elementary, a charter school with 25 staff members and 250 students.
Ormsby served as manager of school operations, keeping the school and charter management organization in compliance with state and federal laws, overseeing internal and external communications, and planning and facilitating school events. Ormsby is passionate about U.S. politics, urban policy, and urban development.