Amber Mace, PhD is Interim Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and
is a Policy Fellow with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. Mace
devotes her time to building new and revitalizing existing programs and organizations that are
dedicated to increasing the impact and value of science-informed decision-making.
Prior to this, Mace served as the Deputy Director of CCST and Associate Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy,
Environment and the Economy. She also served as the executive director of the California Ocean
Protection Council (OPC) and assistant secretary for coastal matters at the California Natural
Resources Agency. In this role she applied her background in ocean policy and marine ecology and
collaborative leadership skills to guide the state in developing policies that promote the sustainable
use of California’s ocean ecosystem. Prior to that, she served in the dual roles of science advisor
to the OPC and executive director of the California Ocean Science Trust, a non-profit whose mission
is to provide objective, high-quality science to decision makers.
She learned firsthand about the challenges of public policy-making at the federal level as a Knauss
Fellow in the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and at the state level as
a California Sea Grant state fellow at the California Natural Resources Agency. Amber was recognized
as a Coastal Hero by Sunset magazine in 2011 and her California coastal research experience includes
piloting a submersible with the Sustainable Seas Expedition. She earned a bachelor of arts in
geography from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in ecology from UC Davis and the Bodega Marine Laboratory.