Jordan Zakery
State (aka FSI)

Jordan Zakery

State Relations Director

Before joining EdChoice, Jordan worked in several capacities throughout the legal field and in state-level politics.

He brings to EdChoice valuable legislative and government services experience as former field manager for Indiana State Rep. Stephen Bartels. Additionally, he has interned with the Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Indiana) legislative services team and has served on the staff of Indiana State Senators R. Michael Young and Jon Ford at the Indiana State Senate.

Along with work in politics, Jordan also has a background in the legal field through interning with judge Michael Mihm at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jordan is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Additionally, Jordan earned a J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Indiana.

Favorite Quote

“I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”
— Tupac Shakur

Favorite Teacher/Class

Mr. Mills and Mr. McCutchen—these two were my history teachers, role models and mentors in high school.

High School Mascot

The Panthers

Favorite Pastimes

I am a huge tennis fan and a big sports fan in general. I also enjoy going to R&B and hip-hop concerts.

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

I believe students and parents deserve options when it comes to education. Sometimes traditional education works well for students, but oftentimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, I think it is imperative that we think outside of the box and help parents and students find a solution that works best for them. I want every child to receive a top-notch education so they can change the world for the better. I believe the school choice movement can play a major part in doing just that.