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.

2013-14 Fellows Praised by Legislature

The fifth cohort of CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received formal recognition for their service by the leadership of both the California State Assembly and the Senate. Click here for the full story!


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