The Council itself is comprised of up to 30 scientists,
industry leaders, and scholars of the highest distinction,
serving as the principle operational body of CCST, leading
its work and fulling its charter to respond to the Governor,
the Legislature, and other entities on public policy issues
related to science and technology.
The Council performs two primary functions:
Convening Experts: CCST gathers top scientific minds
with top-level policymakers for three annual meetings
as well as issue-specific workshops. These meetings and
workshops help California leaders proactively frame science
and technology policy questions and identify issues needing
Providing Independent Assessments: Upon request from
the Governor, the Legislature, or other State entities, CCST
conducts independent assessments on public policy issues
affecting the State of California relating to science and
technology. For example, CCST develops commissioned
reports, securing peer-reviewed, evidence-based analyses to
help address these questions.
The current Chair of the CCST Council is James L. Sweeney.
The Vice Chair is Judith Swain.