Meet the Staff
by Kristen Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
Zach Dreyer joined the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) in December 2021 as a GIS planner. He has taken the lead on maintaining the department’s sewer database, and assists with tier map analysis, annexation mapping, Priority Funding Area (PFA) determinations, and mapping. He also sits on the Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, supports comprehensive plan reviews and analysis, and generates maps upon request for a variety of state agencies and jurisdictions across Maryland.
Zach says, “Most recently I hail from Frederick County Public Schools where I was the lone GIS analyst and prepared maps and statistical analysis of student demographic trends.” He graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography and earned his master’s degree in Environmental Remote Sensing at the University of Trier in Germany. Earlier in his career, Zach held an intriguing variety of positions including that of park ranger in the everglades, coffee shop barista in Lambertville, NJ, agroforestry volunteer in Africa with the Peace Corps, and bartender at an Irish Pub in Trier, Germany.
A native of New Jersey, Zach grew up in the “somewhat well-known town” of named Cherry Hill, outside of Philadelphia. (For the uninitiated, I recommend viewing Wikipedia’s daunting list of accomplished, famous people the town has produced.) He currently spends his free time bicycling the trails of Maryland, playing soccer, learning the piano, and figuring out ways to improve his repertoire of pizzas he bakes in his pizza oven.
More fun facts about Zach include his playing water polo in college for the club team, becoming team captain as a senior, and embarking on a month-long motorcycle ride across Vietnam — remarkable feats, considering he had neither played water polo before college, nor ridden a motorcycle before arriving in Vietnam!
Welcome to Planning, Zach!