SACRAMENTO, CA—We are excited to introduce the 2023 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. Now celebrating its 14th year, the program places PhD level scientists, engineers, and social scientists in Legislative and Executive Branch offices, training them for careers in public policy while helping to equip California’s decision makers with science-savvy staff.
APPLY NOW: We are currently recruiting applications for the 2024 class of Fellows through March 31st. Learn more and apply.
These fourteen PhD scientists arrived in Sacramento in November, where they participated in our annual policy training program — a crash course on the process, history, and landscape of California policymaking, as well as skills development and communications workshops to prepare them for the intense, dynamic pace of the Capitol policy world.
Fellows placed in the California State Legislature work on policy committees and in member offices in the California State Senate and Assembly. Fellows placed in the Executive Branch work in California State Agencies and in Offices of the Governor. The program is made possible by the State of California as well as continued philanthropic support.
This year, their technical expertise includes fields spanning seaweeds; environmental impact of EV batteries; plant leaf efficiency; early prediction of drug safety in individuals; immune responses behind cancer, asthma, and eczema; location of seal food in the open ocean; carbon capture materials; immune response to Valley fever; sustainable land systems and zero-deforestation; virus-human interactions for therapy targets; smog formation from consumer products and LA air quality; microfluidics in medicine; pheromones for bumblebee conservation and pest management; and changes to California’s hydroclimatic extreme events.
Are you looking to apply your PhD research skills to an exciting and impactful career in policy? The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science, engineering, or social science fields such as economics, sociology, or psychology. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at ccst.us/ccst-science-fellows-program.
🚨: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
From PhD to policy, kickstart your science policy career with a year of direct experience in the California State Senate, Assembly, State Agencies, & Offices of the Governor.
— CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (@CCSTFellows) December 1, 2022
Meet the 2023 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows:
California State Assembly:
Sam Mahanes, PhD | Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee
Stephanie Mitchell, PhD | Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee
Dirk Jamal Spencer, PhD | Assembly Transportation Committee
California State Senate:
Aiyana Cortez, PhD | Senate Housing Committee
Jeanmarie Gonzalez, PhD | Office of Senator Durazo
Theresa Keates, PhD | Senate Environmental Quality Committee
California State Agencies and Offices of the Governor:
Sophia Chan, PhD | Department of Toxic Substances Control
Anh L. Diep, PhD | California Natural Resources Agency, 30×30 California
Paul Furumo, PhD | California Air Resources Board, Office of the Chair
Opeoluwa O. Oyewole, PhD | Department of Insurance, Climate and Sustainability Branch
Elyse Pennington, PhD | Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Recovery and Mitigation Programs
Alejandra Rios, PhD | California Energy Commission, Office of Chair David Hochschild
Elana Varner, PhD | Department of Pesticide Regulation, Executive Office
Diana Zamora-Reyes, PhD | Strategic Growth Council, Climate Change Research Program
About the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program places PhD-level scientists, engineers, and social scientists in the California State Legislature, State Agencies, and Offices of the Governor for a year of public policy, leadership training, and public service—training scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip California’s decision makers with science-savvy staff. Discover how our CCST S&T Policy Fellows make a difference in California’s policy arena and learn how to apply at CCST.us/CCST-Science-Fellows-Program.