California Science and Technology 
Policy Fellows
 


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 Acting Executive Director for the President's Council of Science and Technology (PCAST) in Washington, D.C.

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 Deputy Director of Health in Monroe County, New York and has an academic appointment with the University of Rochester.

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 Assistant Professor, University Honors Program, Portland State University.

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 accepted a position with the Microsoft Corporation in Seattle as their Research Privacy Manager.

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 security policies.

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. After leaving the Fellowship, Amber accepted a position at UC Davis.

Updated 9/10/2014
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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