Meretz candidate, Israeli elections
Uri Zaki is the U.S. director of an Israeli non-profit organization.
Following military service as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Uri embarked on a career that has included party politics and work with organizations promoting peace and challenging the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. After completing his law degree at the Hebrew University, he became the media and political advisor to former Justice Minister and peace camp leader, Yossi Beilin. He took part in the talks that formulated the Geneva initiative, and was a main spokesperson of the initiative. He later entered party politics and was elected as the chair of Young Meretz – Israel's progressive party. He was a candidate to the Knesset in the party's list in the 2013 national elections. Uri is an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders exchange program. In 2008 Uri was named among Israel's most prominent young political leaders by Forbes Israel magazine. In 2012, the Washington Life Magazine named Uri as one of the young leaders who push D.C. forward in creative thinking. Uri frequently publishes opinion pieces in both the Israeli and American press.