Zara is a Senior Director in the Waxman Strategies Health practice, where her work is focused on helping clients use policy levers in service of advancing equity in health care.
Prior to joining the Waxman team, Zara served as Associate Policy Director at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she co-led a team of policy specialists working to advance the goals of the Federation. She was also an internal and external subject matter expert on high priority public health and health care finance issues including the Title X Family Planning Program, FDA policy and procedure, and prescription drugs.
Earlier, Zara was Vice President and Counsel at Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis Associates, where she advocated on behalf of patient groups, provider specialty societies, and public health organizations. Zara also has experience in the advocacy office of Physicians for Human Rights and for the judges of the Boston Juvenile Court. She completed her Master of Public Health capstone project with the Harvard Medical School Department of Social Health and Global Medicine.
Zara received a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master of Public Health from Tufts University, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband Nathan, and their cat Eloise and dog Georgie. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking.Our Team
Associate Director of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Vice President and Counsel at Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis and Associates
Second ever recipient of Amicus Mundi award for pro bono service through legal volunteer organization We the Action