Zack Burns lives at the Gates-Whitney Homestead surrounded by Stow’s rich history with his husband and two dogs. He is running for the Select Board to create a more accessible town government—one that reflects our town’s core values that drew all of us, new and generations ago, to this fabulous town. He will work tirelessly to initiate and spearhead a long-term strategic town plan, so your tax dollars will be spent on services and spaces that will enhance your experience in our community. Moreover, Zack seeks to maintain the core values of Stow while balancing future needs of our town, such as a functional town website and asking for more feedback from community members. He believes that town government should also be open to everyone’s involvement, and would like to explore how to facilitate those working and/or with families to join committees of the town.

He believes in the power of collaboration and communication. Prior to and after serving as the resident-at-large on the Subcommittee to hire the next Stow Police Chief, he worked with the Acting Chief to draft a policy and a general order. He has previously collaborated with other police departments on similar policies and published a law review on psychological mechanisms underlying police-public encounters. He is passionate about the environment, conservation efforts and the beautification of Stow, having researched environmental impacts and co-drafted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of national, state and local environmental organizations. Finally, he believes in a welcoming and warm community that strives to create a space for each resident to excel in their passions and spend quality time with their friends and family.

Zack is a practicing attorney who specializes in life science commercial transactions, a trained scientist who studied animal behavior and environmental impacts, and a community builder focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. He holds his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, his Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology from the University of Oxford, and his Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University.

His husband, Kevin, grew up in Sudbury, is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School, and is a resident physician who provides cancer care at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute.