Daniel R. Ballon - Office of Assembly Minority Leader/Republican Caucus
Daniel received his 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. Daniel serves in the California State Assembly as a Principal Consultant to the Republican Caucus.
Amber Laura Hartman (Scholz) - Senate Environmental Quality Committee
Amber received her Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in
biology from Davidson College. Amber is currently in Germany at The Leibniz-Institute, where she is Deputy Science Advisor to the Director.
Byron Kennedy - Office of Assembly Member Sandré Swanson
Byron received his 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. Byron serves as Director of Health in the city of New Haven, Connecticut.
Igor Lacan - Assembly Water, Parks, & Wildlife Committee
Igor received his 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. Igor is currently an Environmental Horticulture Advisor at the UC Cooperative Extension.
Ryan McCarthy - Office of Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter
Ryan 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. Ryan was appointed by Governor Brown as the Science and Technology Policy
Advisor to the Office of the Chair of the California Air Resources Board.
Katharine Moore - Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
Katharine received her 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.
Katharine holds a position with the California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee as a Consultant.
Maurice Pitesky - Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee Maurice 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. Maurice has accepted a position with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch
and continues veterinary practice.
Janice Tsai - Office of Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez
Janice received her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in
2009. She also earned a Master of Library and Information Science,
Rutgers, and a B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences, Northwestern University. Janice is a Research Privacy Manager with Microsoft Corporation in Seattle.
Jessica Westbrook - Assembly Natural Resources Committee
Jessica 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. Jessica accepted
a position with Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, California as a staff scientist on U.S. energy and homeland
Amber Wright - Senate Office of Research
Amber 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. Amber is an Assistant Professor in Ecology and Conservation Biology at The University of Hawaii at Manoa.