Chanel Matney is an Associate Consultant in the California State Assembly Transportation Committee. Previously, she was a Science Fellow with the California Council of Science and Technology and served as a staffer in the California State Committee on Education. Before moving to Sacramento, Chanel earned a full academic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She then earned a Doctorate in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, where she co-authored three scientific publications and was supported by the National Science Foundation Predoctoral Research Fellowship. While a doctoral student, Chanel spearheaded grassroots advocacy campaigns and science communication workshops as co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group. She served as the 2019 Logistics Chair for the International Brain Bee Science Olympiad, a global international neuroscience competition for teenagers, in Daegu, South Korea. Chanel served as an Early Career Policy Ambassador for the Society for Neuroscience and as an Editor of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. She has held roles in the public affairs office of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and in the communications department of the United States' largest biomedical research funding advocacy non-profit organization, Research!America.
Prior to her time in California state government, Chanel served as a Research Associate at a science and technology policy think tank in Arlington, VA, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, where she provided policy and process recommendations in microtechnology innovation and supply chain security. Chanel is particularly interested in leveraging science, technology, and data to promote progressive social change.