Hi, I'm Zach Wahls

Author | Advocate | Iowan

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What I'm Doing

Currently, I'm working on a public policy degree at Princeton's University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

I began working on a Master in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School in September 2016, and I am expecting to graduate in the spring of 2018. From Princeton's website: "The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program offers rigorous preparation for international and domestic policy careers. This two-year full-time residential program cultivates among its students and graduates a lasting commitment to public service."

I'm still working with my sister on The Woman Cards—decks of playing cards featuring portraits of women who changed the world.

After Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing "the woman card," my little sister and I launched a Kickstarter to see if people would be interested in a deck of playing cards featuring American women. The project was funded in under four hours and eventually reached 5,000% of our original funding target. We released our first edition in the summer of 2016 to rave reviews and we've now shipped over 20,000 decks worldwide. For more information and to order your own deck or print, please visit: http://www.thewomancards.com

I'm serving on the Board of Directors of Scouts for Equality, the campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.

We led the nationwide fight to end discrimination against gay and transgender members, and we're continuing to work in support of LGBT people in Scouting. If you'd like to get involved, please visit our website: https://www.scoutsforequality.org/

I'm continuing to speak at universities, political events, and business seminars across the country.

If you'd like to book a speaking engagement, learn more here.

You can find me ruminating on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Medium, and my blog–mostly in that order.

My social media stuff is up on the menu just above this. I'm far and away most active on Twitter.

I co-created The Rainbow Letters, a collection of letters written by the children of LGBTQ parents.

If you have one or more LGBTQ parents, I really hope you'll consider joining the project. Learn more on the website: http://www.therainbowletters.com/

I also believe disclosure is really important.

Which is why I have a "Personal Disclosure" statement here: http://www.zachwahls.com/disclosure

What I've Done

  • 5/30/2017 - 8/10/2017

    Served as Let America Vote's first Public Policy Fellow

  • 2/1/2017

    Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on transgender boys

    After intense public coverage of its removal of Joe Maldonado, the Boy Scouts reversed its position and announced it will accept the gender identity of boys as it is listed on their applications to the Scouts.

  • Fall 2016 - Expected Spring 2018

    Began graduate school

    In September 2016, I began a two-year Master in Public Affairs program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

  • 4/27/16

    Co-created The Woman Card[s]

    My sister and I launched The Woman Card[s]—a deck of playing cards featuring original portraits of American women who changed the world. Learn more about the project at www.thewomancards.com

  • 11/7/15

    Elected to Scouts for Equality's Board of Directors

  • 7/27/15

    Boy Scouts of America ended blanket ban on gay adult members

    Three years, one month, and twenty-one days after the founding of Scouts for Equality, the Boy Scouts of America's national executive board voted 79% in favor of immediately ending the BSA's decades-old blanket ban on gay adult members.

  • 5/21/15

    Boy Scouts President Dr. Robert Gates announced intent to end BSA's ban on gay adults

    After a year of continued campaigning by Scouts for Equality, the President of the Boy Scouts announced his intend to end the organization's ban on gay adults.

  • 4/2/15

    Greater New York Councils defied BSA ban on gay adults

    Scouts for Equality worked to help Pascal Tessier, an openly gay Eagle, find employment with the Boy Scouts of America.

  • 10/29/14

    Launched the Rainbow Letters

    I co-created the project, which is collecting letters written by the children of LGBTQ parents about their experiences.

  • 10/22/14

    Keynoted the Iowa Women's Foundation annual luncheon

    I was the first man and the youngest guest to ever keynote the signature event of the Iowa Women's Foundation, an immense honor.

  • 8/30/14 - present

    Returned to Scouts for Equality

    After my time at the White House, I returned to Scouts for Equality full time as its executive director, and then as a member of its Board of Directors.

  • 5/27/14 - 8/29/14

    Interned at the White House

    I worked in the White House Office of Communications during the summer of 2014.

  • 5/17/14

    Completed my studies at the University of Iowa

    I graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a BA in Sustainability Studies.

  • 5/23/13

    Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on gay youth

    Less than a year after the formation of SFE, and just months after pledging not to relent, the BSA ended its 35-year-old ban on gay youth.

  • 4/5/13

    Won the Harry S. Truman Scholarship

    The Truman Scholarship is a nationally-competitive scholarship for demonstrated leadership, public service, and academic achievement.

  • 9/6/12

    Spoke in prime time at the Democratic National Convention

  • 6/6/12

    Co-founded Scouts for Equality

    SFE led the national campaign to end discrimination against LGBT people in the Boy Scouts of America and is continuing to work in support of LGBT people in Scouting.

  • 4/30/12

    Penguin Books published "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family"

    It spent two weeks on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.

  • 4/26/12

    Appeared as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    He asked me to babysit his kids. Cross that off the bucket list.

  • 12/31/11

    "Zach Wahls Speaks About Family" announced as most-watched political video of 2011, with 18M+ views

  • 7/10/11 - 12/9/11

    Wrote "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family"

  • 2/4/11

    "Zach Wahls Speaks About Family" hit 1M+ YouTube views

  • 1/31/11

    Testified before Iowa House Judiciary Committee

  • 8/24/09

    Enrolled at the University of Iowa

  • 7/15/09

    Founded Iowa City Learns LLC

    Iowa City Learns was our community's first peer tutoring company.

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