Sarah Brady, Ph.D. is the Director of Policy Engagement for CCST. Sarah most recently served as Legislative
Director in Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s office where she was hired after her placement as a CCST
Science and Technology Policy Fellow in 2014. Sarah initiated policy work to retain women in STEM
careers by preventing pregnancy discrimination in graduate programs. The law requires all California
colleges to establish a family leave policy for their graduate students. Sarah also spearheaded
legislation to increase the use of biomethane, reduce the cost of college textbooks, and improve
access to computer science education. In addition, she conducted bill analysis and provided vote
recommendations to Assemblywoman Bonilla on all bills related to utilities and commerce, energy,
water, natural resources, and environmental toxicity.
Prior to the Fellowship, Sarah earned Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and French from North Central
College and a Doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Oregon researching the degradation of
plastics. She was also a GK-12 Fellow and an NSF-IGERT Fellow where she worked at the Hong Kong
Baptist University. In her free time, Sarah likes to watch the Green Bay Packers, brew beer, camp,
and is the Co-Chair for the CCST Science Fellows Alumni Group.
Sarah will initially focus on managing the Natural Gas Storage and Biomethane projects requested by
the California Legislature.