Zach Bernknopf joined Housing Action Illinois as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in August 2020. He is from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in History and International Affairs. While at the University of Georgia, Zach was the External Affairs director at WUOG 90.5 FM, where he hosted both the ambient and shoegaze shows. After graduation, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Helena College in Montana and helped set up the institution’s service-learning program. Following his service in Montana, he served eighteen months in Chicago with the Spanish Coalition for Housing as a Development and Programs Analyst VISTA.