Zina is most passionate about hearing loss science and advocacy, both of which she has ardently pursued since her early teenage years. She recently earned a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University and is working on an M.S. in bioengineering also at Stanford. Zina has been president of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association since 2015. At Stanford, Zina has been active with the disability community through Power2ACT, the ASSU (student government) Executive Cabinet, the Abilities Hub, and the Stanford Disability Initiative. Zina has prelingual bilateral hearing loss, underwent eight years of intensive speech therapy as a child, and wears hearing aids. She was born and raised in Silicon Valley, California.