Dr. Zoe Guttman is a Research and Strategic Growth Specialist at CHBA. She is also a California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Anthony Portantino, where she has worked on a wide range of budget and policy areas, including mental health, education, environment, and judicial and insurance issues. She also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance and was previously a Science Fellow with the Little Hoover Commission. 

Prior to her work in the California legislature, Zoe received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA, where she investigated why people make choices that are not always in their best interest. She specialized in neuroeconomic research, combining cognitive neuroscience with behavioral economic models of risk and uncertainty to deepen our understanding of addictive disorders. With a passion for public health policy, Zoe was chosen as an Early Career Policy Ambassador with the Society for Neuroscience, a Science Policy Scholar with the National Science Policy Network, and a Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also founded various groups, courses, and award programs at UCLA to empower other scientists interested in policy, advocacy, and communication. In her spare time, she enjoys reading very long books and playing with her rescue dog, Romeo.