The Better Government Association has named Bryan Zarou as its new director of policy, reporting to BGA President and CEO David Greising.

Zarou most recently served as the director of public policy and government affairs at Forefront, the only statewide association for nonprofits and grantmakers. Previously, Zarou spent many years in the private sector. He taught a wide range of political science courses as an adjunct professor in New York City and has volunteered and advocated for nonprofits to both local and federal officials. Zarou brings an extensive level of experience and a proven track record of success in policy to the BGA.

The BGA is a non-partisan, nonprofit news and policy advocacy organization working to secure transparency, equity and accountability in government in Chicago and across Illinois. It is building toward its centennial anniversary in 2023. The BGA’s investigative reporting is published on, as well as in partnership with legacy and nonprofit news organizations including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, WBEZ, Block Club Chicago, Chalkbeat Chicago and other nonprofit news organizations.

Bryan Zarou brings a strong understanding of policy, a wealth of government contacts, and a deep appreciation for the BGA’s mission to the job. We look forward to great work from Bryan, on behalf of better government for the people of Illinois,” said BGA President David Greising.

“For nearly 100 years, the BGA has been a staple when it comes to government accountability, transparency and equity. I am eager to get to work to help advocate for that cause,” Zarou said.


The Better Government Association is a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization and civic advocate working for transparency, equity and accountability in government in Chicago and across Illinois. The BGA uncovers waste and wrongdoing in government, holds elected officials accountable, litigates for open records and meetings, advocates for good government and empowers residents to engage and act. To learn more about the Better Government Association, please visit


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