Zachary Bookman

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationTechnology entrepreneur

Zachary Bookman (born 1980) is an American government technology entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of OpenGov, Inc, a cloud software company serving local governments and state agencies. Prior to founding OpenGov, Bookman served as Advisor to the Anti‑Corruption Task Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was also a trial litigator at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, Van Nest & Peters in San Francisco, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Segal Ikuta on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Bookman holds a JD from the Yale Law School and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated as valedictorian of his class.[1] from the University of Maryland, College Park and is an alumnus of the Sidwell Friends School in Bethesda, MD.

In 2007-2008, Bookman received a Fulbright Fellowship to study transparency and corruption in Mexico[2].


Bookman co-founded OpenGov, Inc in 2012 with Joe Lonsdale and Stanford University technologists[3]. With OpenGov, Bookman has worked to bring cloud software to local government[4], a sector overlooked by many software-as-a-service firms[5]. Bookman has long advocated for investments in "govtech"[6] and for creating a mission-driven culture in service of local governments [7]. In 2021 he completed a cross-country bike ride from San Francisco to the Chesapeake Bay to visit with local government leaders to thank them for their service and discuss shared challenges[8].

Prior to founding OpenGov, Bookman served as Advisor to U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster (2011-2012), on the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (Shafafiyat) at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bookman helped lead a Rule of Law team on the task force that worked with the Afghan Department of Justice on corruption cases, such as the bribery scandal at the Dawood National Military Hospital[9].


  1. "Zac Bookman, GVPT '02". University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Maryland. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  2. Bookman, Zachary (22 April 2008). "Shine a light in Mexico". LA Times. LA Times. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  3. Wilkinson, Amy. "OpenGov: Bringing the Cloud to Government". Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  4. Chambers, John T. (15 October 2021). "Culture and Communication or Vision and Strategy with the CEOs of Sprinklr, OpenGov, and ASAPP". No. Ep. 14. Chambers Talks. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  5. O'Shaughnessy, Patrick. "How Government Works". No. Ep 10. Founder's Field Guide. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  6. Zolnoski, Joe (22 January 2016). "OpenGov Co-Founder & CEO Zac Bookman On Software for Governments". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  7. "OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman - PURPOSE: Founding for Impact". Tom Tom Foudation. 30 May 2018.
  8. Quigley, Dryden (November 2, 2021). "CEO biking across America stops in Charlottesville". NBC 29. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  9. Abi-Habib, Maria. "At Afghan Military Hospital, Graft and Deadly Neglect". No. 3 September 2011. The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal.

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