Zach Klein
for City Council of Columbus


Since day one as a member of the Columbus City Council, Zach has been clear about his priorities: creating job opportunities for Columbus’ residents and working to support safe and stable neighborhoods.

Zach left the District Court to be an aide and advisor to former Attorney General Richard Cordray during Cordray’s campaign for that office. He then made his way to Washington D.C. to work in the office of Vice President Joe Biden. At the White House, Zach gained experience in management and finance, essentially serving as the Office of the Vice President’s Chief Operating Officer, as well as the Chief Financial Officer. His primary responsibilities involved managing and administering the office’s multi-million dollar budget.


Zach served as the Deputy Chief of Legal Services to then-Attorney General Cordray. In that position, he managed the State of Ohio’s relationships with Special Counsel. He also served on the Securities Litigation Panel, where he was responsible for advising the Attorney General on pursuance of securities lawsuits. Zach worked with Attorney General Cordray to recover billions of dollars for pensioners, teachers, police officers, and firefighters. He also participated in pro-bono efforts, acting as a Special Assistant United States Attorney on white-collar criminal cases prosecuting those who took advantage of the economic downturn and exploited vulnerable Ohioans.




  • NCAA Division 1 Basketball Referee
  • Jones Day Law Firm
  • Capital University Law School Alumni Board
  • Saint John the Baptist Church
  • Columbus 2020!
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Experience Columbus
  • Recreation & Parks Committee


Zach began to realize his future in Columbus when he attended The Ohio State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in political science. He subsequently attended Capital University Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. Zach was immediately drawn to public service upon graduating, clerking for a state appellate judge, as well as two federal court judges – the Honorable Terence P. Kemp and the Honorable John D. Holschuh.

  • BA, The Ohio State University, 2001
  • Juris Doctor (Law), Capital, 2004
  • Belpre, 1997

Political Issues

  • Columbus Job Opportunities
  • Economic Development
  • Safe, Strong Neighborhoods


Zach was raised in Belpre, Ohio and attended high school there. His parents represent true working-class values, with his mother serving as a teacher and his father working as a manager at American Electric Power. He currently resides in Italian Village with his wife, Jennie Persichetti. Zach is an avid basketball fan, serving as a referee for NCAA Division I women’s basketball games.


You have the ability to do great things, no matter your age, your means, or your background. Having the belief that you can make a difference is at the heart of creating change.