Zoe Heller was appointed CalRecycle’s Deputy Director of Policy Development by Governor Gavin Newsom in June 2021 after serving as the department’s assistant director for policy development since 2017.
Before joining CalRecycle, Ms. Heller worked at the U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Office for more than 10 years. She was manager for the Zero Waste section from 2014 to 2017, special assistant to the Regional Administrator from 2012 to 2013, and an environmental protection specialist in the Environmental Justice program from 2006 to 2012. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Heller was a research and policy analyst at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Heller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.