Daniel R. Ballon - Assembly Minority Leader/Republican Caucus: received a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California,
Berkeley, and a B.A. in molecular biology and biochemistry, Russian language and literature from
Wesleyan University. He previously served as a senior policy fellow, technology studies at the
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco, 2007-2009.
Amber Laura Hartman - Senate Environmental Quality Committee: received a Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in
biology from Davidson College. Recently, she was a graduate researcher at the Genome Center,
University of California, Davis, where she has also held teaching assistance and lecturer positions.
She is fluent in the Spanish language.
Byron Kennedy - Assemblymember Sandré Swanson's Office: received a M.D. and Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology, and a M.P.H. in chronic
disease epidemiology from Yale University. He also received a B.S. in biological sciences from
California State University, Sacramento. He has an active medical license in both California and
New York. He completed his residency in preventive medicine and previously served as a public health
medical officer at the California Department of Public Health.
Igor Lacan - Assembly Water, Parks, & Wildlife Committee: received a Ph.D. in urban ecology, a M.S. in aquatic ecology, and a B.S. in ecology from
the University of California, Berkeley. He is an ecologist specializing in sustainable environmental
management of urban areas.
Ryan McCarthy - Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter's Office: received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis in 2009. He
received a M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis and a B.S. (cum laude) in
structural engineering from UC San Diego. He previously served as a graduate researcher in the
Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) Program at the University of California, Davis,
Katharine Moore - Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee: received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, a M.S.
in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her research focuses on air quality, particularly atmospheric aerosol. Most recently, she was a research assistant professor at the University of
Southern California in environmental engineering.
Maurice Pitesky - Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee: received his Masters of Preventative Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of
California, Davis in 2009. He also received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from UC Davis,
a M.S. in agriculture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a B.S. in biology from the University of
California, Los Angeles. He previously served as is a veterinarian with a focus in epidemiology and
biostatistics, and has a background in agricultural sustainability, food systems, and the
Janice Tsai - Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez's Office: received her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in
2009. Her educational background also includes a Master of Library and Information Science,
Rutgers, and a B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences, Northwestern University. The
current focus of her research is in the areas of salient privacy and decision-making, and the impact
of privacy concerns on the adoption of mobile-location sharing technologies.
Jessica Westbrook - Assembly Natural Resources Committee: received her Ph.D. from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University with
a minor in plant biology, and a B.S. in plant biology at the University of California, Davis. She
recently served as a graduate research assistant at Cornell University in the Department of
Amber Wright - Senate Office of Research: received her Ph.D. in population biology from the University of California, Davis
in 2009. She received a M.A. in conservation biology from Columbia University and a B.S.
in biological sciences (cum laude) from Cornell University. She recently served as a graduate
student researcher at the University of California, Davis, and since 2002, she has also held
teaching assistant positions at UC Davis and Columbia University.