Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Zachary Bunshaft: From Grossmont College to Washington, D.C.

Zachary Bunshaft
It’s been a busy year for Grossmont College graduate Zachary Bunshaft. He was elected president of SDSU College Democrats. He helped organize a May 6 congressional town hall that included Representatives Scott Peters and Juan Vargas. And he was selected as the California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus Vice President and California Young Democrats Deputy South State Regional Director. 
Now he’s in Washington, D.C., working as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Rep. Susan Davis just months after earning his bachelor’s degree. 

Grossmont College played a key role in his journey. 

“Grossmont was the perfect stepping stone for me,” he said. “I got an amazing education – the quality was just as good as San Diego State, if not better. And it led me on a path to where I wanted to be. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.” 

Zach wasn’t eyeing a career in politics while growing up in Fletcher Hills. Although he attended Coronado High School because of its performing arts department and successfully auditioned for the role of Arty in a Grossmont College production of the Neil Simon play Lost in Yonkers while still a senior, Zach hadn’t settled on a career choice. And that made Grossmont College an easy decision. 

“It was affordable, which truly was a big thing, and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with my life,” Zach said. “I wasn’t sure of a major, I didn’t want to move to another city, so it made no sense to go to a four-year college or university. Grossmont was really close, and I had already had a good experience there in high school.” 

Zach found an interest in history, thought about becoming a history teacher, and transferred to SDSU in 2014 with an associate degree in history and another in behavioral sciences. While at San Diego State, however, Zach landed an internship working on the unsuccessful San Diego City Council campaign of Carol Kim and realized his true passion was in politics. When he graduated with his bachelor’s degree this past spring, he already had a job working for KM Strategies doing fundraising work for then-Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and then-San Diego City Council member Todd Gloria, among many others. A week after commencement, he was hired to work in Rep. Susan Davis’ Washington, D.C. office. 

“Zach is a bright young man who is dedicated to public service, and we are really fortunate to have him working with us,” Davis said. 

The feeling is mutual. “My future plans include applying for a master’s program, perhaps in political management, but right now, I am very happy, extremely fulfilled, working for Congresswoman Davis,” he said. 

Noting that he has successfully launched a promising career with no student debt, Zach encourages students contemplating college to think hard about the road he chose. “I really can’t say enough good things about Grossmont College,” he said.