Staff

The Western Governors' Association was established in 1984 to represent the 22 westernmost states and territories. The association is an instrument of the Governors for bipartisan policy development, information exchange, and collective action on issues of critical importance to the western United States.

Zach Nowak

Policy Advisor

znowak@westgov.org

(720) 259-7663

Zach Nowak serves as a Policy Advisor, where he currently handles WGA’s western agriculture, wildlife conservation, invasive species management, and compensatory mitigation policies.  Before joining WGA, Zach performed grassland ecosystem research for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, applied prescribed fire under a Firefighter Type II certification, and supported the Boone and Crockett Club as a graduate research fellow.  Zach’s unique background in both ecology and social sciences provides an interdisciplinary perspective for natural resource stewardship in the modern world.

Raised in a military family in Alaska, Texas, and across the East Coast, Zach joined WGA in 2022 and holds a Master of Public Service and Administration and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fishery Sciences, both from Texas A&M University.  Outside the office, Zach enjoys backpacking, birdwatching, and hunting small game in the Rockies with his Catahoula hound.

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Staff

The Western Governors' Association was established in 1984 to represent the 22 westernmost states and territories. The association is an instrument of the Governors for bipartisan policy development, information exchange, and collective action on issues of critical importance to the western United States.

Zach Nowak

Policy Advisor

znowak@westgov.org

(720) 259-7663

Zach Nowak serves as a Policy Advisor, where he currently handles WGA’s western agriculture, wildlife conservation, invasive species management, and compensatory mitigation policies.  Before joining WGA, Zach performed grassland ecosystem research for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, applied prescribed fire under a Firefighter Type II certification, and supported the Boone and Crockett Club as a graduate research fellow.  Zach’s unique background in both ecology and social sciences provides an interdisciplinary perspective for natural resource stewardship in the modern world.

Raised in a military family in Alaska, Texas, and across the East Coast, Zach joined WGA in 2022 and holds a Master of Public Service and Administration and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fishery Sciences, both from Texas A&M University.  Outside the office, Zach enjoys backpacking, birdwatching, and hunting small game in the Rockies with his Catahoula hound.

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