Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins recognizing CCST S&T Fellows Sarah Brady, David Ernest Garcia,
Brandon Gaytan, Colin Murphy, and Alia Schoen.
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recognizing CCST Alexis Erwin, Toni Lee,
Brie Lindsey, Karen Morrison, and Nathan Phillips.
2013-14 CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows Praised by Legislature
August 14, 2014
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, with the Fellows earning praise for their contributions and dedication.
"This is a terrific program," said Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in acknowledging the Fellows
who worked with the California Senate this past year. "It's very significant because
public policy now often involves technology and science, and these people have done a great public service."
Established in 2009, the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program places
up to ten scientists in yearlong appointments in the California State Legislature. The program is
designed to enable fellows to work hands-on with policymakers in addressing complex scientific and
technical issues as well as assume all the other legislative responsibilities of full-time legislative
staffers. In doing so, the Legislature benefits from having the expertise of a trained Ph.D. level
scientist available, and the Fellows gain an invaluable learning experience about the intersection of science, technology,
"All of these science fellows have brought a wide body of knowledge and experience to the Assembly, and they have shared those
insights with us on issues of critical importance to the well-being of our state," said Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins.
"To the Fellows let me just say it's been a privilege to host you, and I hope you got as much benefit from this experience as we did."
This year's appointments included the offices of five Assembly members and the offices of five
Senate Committees: the Energy,
Utilities and Communications Committee, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, the Senate
Environmental Quality Committee, the Senate Transportations and Housing Committee, and the Senate Office
The CCST S&T Policy Fellows Program was modeled on a longstanding program run by AAAS, and
was initially funded for a five-year pilot period by a coalition of funders, led by
the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and including the Stephen Bechtel Fund, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation,
the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Tosa Foundation. The success of the CCST program
has led to the program's continuation for several years beyond the initial five-year period, and CCST is engaged in seeking additional
sources of funding to maintain the program indefinitely.
"I hope [the Fellows] will find
a way to continue to mix their interest, passion in science, technology, and public policy," said Steinberg. "You can see that those who
participate in this program really get a diversity of experience. But it's not only a benefit to them, it's a benefit to the Senate
and the state. Congratulations."