Two major bodies work together to implement
CCST's mission and programming: the Board, and
the eponymous Council.
The Council itself is comprised of up to 30 California-based
scientists, industry leaders, and scholars of the
highest distinction. The expertise makeup of the Council
tends to reflect the diversity of priority issue areas facing
the State of California at any point in time.
The Council does not govern the direction of CCST;
instead, it serves as the principal operational body of
CCST, guiding its work and fulfilling its charter to
respond to the Governor, the Legislature, and other
entities. It performs two primary functions:
Convening Experts: When CCST receives a request for
science and technology advice from state leaders, our staff
relays this call for assistance to CCST Council Members,
who then respond with suggestions for relevant experts
from their field or sector of expertise.
Leading Commissioned Projects and Reports: When the
Governor, the Legislature, or other state entities request
that CCST conduct an independent assessment, CCST
Council Members are called upon to serve on the project's
Steering Committee, and recruit other leading experts as
The current Chair of the CCST Council is James L. Sweeney.
The Vice Chair is Judith Swain.