CCST S&T Policy Fellows

Enter the California State Legislature: Introducing Our 2016 CCST Science Fellows
The 2016 Class of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. From left: Emily Berry, Diana Lin, John Thompson, Esha Mathew, Erin Arms, Matt Dumlao, Renita Polk, Dan Brumbaugh, Gabby Nepomuceno, Sarah Carvill.
Amber Mace, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the California Council on Science and Technology and a Policy Fellow at the UC Davis Policy Institute. Mace formerly served as the Executive Director of California Ocean Protection Council and Assistant Secretary for Coastal Matters at the California Natural Resources Agency, after serving as a Sea Grant […]
Fellows in Training: A Night of Improv
A moment from the "policy boot camp" for the 2016 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Class.
Esha Mathew, PhD, is a member of the 2016 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. She received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, where she studied pancreatic cancer and also earned a graduate certificate in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. Mathew’s Fellowship placement is with Assemblymember Jose […]
Networking Social with CCST Science Fellows and Capital Science Communicators, Jan. 20th
3 Fires Lounge
At the heart of policymaking is effective communication, and enabling scientists and engineers to concisely communicate complex issues is a key component of our CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship experience. This is why once again, CCST is teaming up with the Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) for a professional networking social: CCST & CapSciComm Networking Social Wednesday, January 20, 2016 6:00 p.m. […]
Webinar: Informational Session for CCST Fellowship Applicants, Jan. 13th
The Seal of the State of California, as photographed on the West Steps of the State Capitol. Image credit: Ben Young Landis/CCST
It’s the start of a new year, and time to make new plans. If you’re a scientist or engineer who is exploring opportunities in the public policy realm, join us for our upcoming webinar to learn about the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship: CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Informational Session Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:00 p.m. […]
Fellows in the Field: Farewell, 2015 Science Fellows!
Members of the 2015 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows tour the California State Capitol.
Shannon Muir, PhD, is a member of the 2015 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of California, San Diego, where she studied the genetic mechanism behind a rare form of pediatric cancer, and served as the Graduate Student Representative for the University of California […]
California Program Sends Scientists to Sacramento, Training PhD’s as Capitol Staffers
The California State Capitol building in winter.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s State Legislature is looking for a few good scientists to trade their lab coats for business suits, and swap molecules and equations for committee hearings and bill analyses. That’s the opportunity being offered by the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, led by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). […]
Help CCST Make California Stronger with Science on #GivingTuesday
Do you donate to your favorite causes and organizations on #GivingTuesday? “Giving Tuesday” is a global day of giving created in 2012 that seeks to harness the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy. It has become a rallying point for nonprofits and charities for annual giving. As part of #GivingTuesday and […]
Fellows Profile: Debra Cooper, PhD
Debra Cooper, PhD
Debra Cooper, PhD, was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2015. Cooper was placed in the California State Senate Office of Research (SOR), where she was hired as a Policy Consultant halfway through her Fellowship. Cooper received her PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University, where she studied medications to help reduce relapse to […]
Fellows Profile: Nathan Phillips, PhD
CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows touring the top of the State Capitol building.
Nathan Phillips, PhD, was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2014, and his placement was in the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee with then-Chair Mark DeSaulnier. He is currently a Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University, and had applied to the Fellowship on sabbatical from his post. Phillips received […]
Fellows in Training: National Conference on State Legislatures
Ericson NCSL Blog
Vivian Ericson, PhD, was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2015. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University, and her placement was in the Office of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia. Since the Fellowship, she has continued to work as a Legislative Aide with the Office of Assemblymember Garcia. [February […]
Stronger with Science
Ceiling of the Capitol Building rotunda, in Sacramento, California.
Amber Mace, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the California Council on Science and Technology, and she oversees the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program. Mace formerly served as the Executive Director of California Ocean Protection Council and as Assistant Secretary for Coastal Matters at the California Natural Resources Agency, after serving as a Sea Grant […]
2013-14 CCST Science and Technology Policy 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, 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 […]
Fifth Class of S&T Policy Fellows Goes to Work in Capitol
  The fifth class of the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program has begun work in Sacramento, and the program is planning for the next five years. “We are very proud of the legacy this program is building,” said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. “The Science and Technology Policy Fellows are a resource unique […]
Amber Mace to Join CCST as Deputy Director
Effective this month, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has a new deputy director. Dr. Amber Mace, associate director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, will bring her experience and expertise leading effective science-policy organizations to the CCST team. In addition to providing strategic advice to the […]
Newly Appointed S&T Policy Fellows Arrive in Sacramento
The California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program has placed its fourth consecutive group of fellows in the California state legislature, continuing to build on a growing legacy of making S&T expertise available to lawmakers in a way most states do not have. Each year, the program places ten professional scientists in yearlong appointments in […]
California Legislature Recognizes Science and Technology Policy Fellows
The 2011-2012 group of California Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received acknowledgments from both the Assembly and the Senate, marking the program’s third year of success. “As policy makers, our most urgent priority is to create the kind of twenty-first century jobs that will restore health to California’s economy,” said Speaker of the Assembly […]
Presidential Science Advisors Benefit from CCST Policy Fellow Alum
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is one of very few state-level organizations in the nation designed to offer expert advice to the state government and to recommend solutions to science and technology-related policy issues. There are some issues however which need to be addressed at a national, rather than state, level. One […]
Policy Fellows Bring S&T Expertise to Legislature
As 2012 gets underway, lawmakers in Sacramento are returning to confront the difficult fiscal challenges of the State. In addition they will continue to navigate California’s ever-evolving science and technology related policy issues. Thanks to a small group of dedicated experts, they have a little extra help. The California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program […]
Inaugural Class of S&T Policy Fellows Recognized by Legislature
As the first year of the California Science Technology & Policy Fellows program comes to a close, both houses of the California Legislature recognized the fellows placed within their respective chambers for their service. “We want to thank all of the science fellows for a marvelous year,” said Senator Joe Simitian (Palo Alto) on August […]
CCST Policy Fellows Look to Opportunities in Federal Laboratories
The inaugural group of CCST Policy Fellows, who continue to connect with the broader S&T community, met with senior personnel from several federal funded laboratories on May 7th as part of an ongoing seminar series covering topics ranging from water and budget to state agency employment options. “This was a terrific opportunity to connect the […]
Legislative Offices Welcome Inaugural Class of California S&T Policy Fellows
The first California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships have begun, placing 10 science and technology advisors to serve one-year terms in a variety of committees and legislator offices in the California State Legislature. “The California Council on Science and Technology Legislative Offices Welcome Inaugural Class of California S&T Policy Fellows has assembled a most impressive […]