Zachary Emanuel


Zachary Emanuel is an experienced policy researcher and intelligence analyst. Zachary has provided strategic support to business operations in numerous countries and conducted geopolitical and investigative analysis using open-source intelligence (OSINT) to advise organizations and clients on risks, threats, and potential harms to business activities. He has also provided global event monitoring and support and successfully identified persons of interest for various customers, pre-empting security and reputational risks.

Prior to Venable, Zachary was an embedded intelligence analyst at Amazon, where he supported the media and entertainment business lines by identifying security, operational, or reputational risks to Amazon's global sports broadcast rights and events, conducting investigations and vulnerability assessments, and providing analysis on geopolitical risks to operations in Latin America.

Zachary also conducted policy research, examined reports, and analyzed motions related to justice policy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. In that role, he drafted motions introduced during County Board of Supervisors' meetings, built a motion tracker for officewide use, and maintained departmental ally and journalist databases.

While obtaining his master of public policy from the University of Southern California, Zachary focused his coursework on public sector strategic planning, risk analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, cyber espionage, economic analysis, the regulation of elections, and political finance. For his practicum project, he was part of a team at the United Nations Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, consulting on responding to past and future pandemics. He was personally responsible for creating and analyzing a database of 30 unique responses to epidemiological shock in low-income countries. He graduated cum laude as a Renaissance Scholar with honors from USC, majoring in political science and political economics. 



  • M.P.P. University of Southern California 2022
    • Certificate in Homeland Security
    • Dean's Merit Scholarship
  • B.A. Political Science and Political Economics cum laude University of Southern California 2021
    • Minor: East Asian Languages and Cultures
    • Renaissance Scholar, Dean's List