California Science and Technology 
Policy Fellows
 


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, 2002-2009.

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 environment.

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 Horticulture, 2004-2009.

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.