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Zaki Barzinji

Zaki Barzinji

Zaki Barzinji

Former Obama White House Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement

Zaki is a public affairs leader with a decade of experience in political campaigns, public service, and policy change at the state and federal level. He joined his first Virginia political campaign at age 14 when his mother ran for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as the first Muslim woman to do so. He went on to serve as AAPI Outreach Director on the historic 2013 McAuliffe for Governor campaign, and subsequently joined the McAuliffe administration as the Governor's tech policy advisor, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and liaison to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board.

In 2016, Zaki left state government to serve in the White House as Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement and President Obama’s liaison to Arab-Americans, Muslims, Sikhs, and other minority faiths, where he worked to amplify voices and narratives seldom represented at the highest levels of government. Most recently, Zaki worked as the head of state & local government affairs for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he partnered with Governors and Mayors across the country to close the digital divide, modernize tech policy, and leverage emerging technology to rebuild a more resilient and equitable digital infrastructure for all communities in a post-pandemic world. Zaki’s writing and commentary have appeared in Politico, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, CNN, and a variety of other platforms. He is a proud Hokie, aspiring Jedi, husband to Michelle, and father to Zoon & Amedeo, the world’s only two KashmIraqItalian kids.