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Greetings from Sacramento

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

After many years of working with some of the most remarkable people in science, technology, policy and philanthropy, I will retire as Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology on June 30th, 2018.

I have had the privilege of serving as Executive Director for 23 years. It has been a wonderful experience to interact with California's top scientific and engineering talent, and allow CCST to highlight and amplify their expertise and contributions to society. I have had so many valuable interactions with our CCST Board and Council Members, CCST Senior Fellows, CCST Science Fellows and alumni, CalTAC members and alumni, supporters, and many others. You have all enabled our small but mighty organization to grow as a trusted partner to so many key decision-makers in California. For all of you, I am forever grateful.

I am particularly proud of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program, which we launched 10 years ago with the help of an impressive cohort of foundations providing the initial funding. This program is proving to be transformative, as CCST Science Fellows continue to break down barriers between science and policy by becoming trusted members of their legislative offices - ensuring that science is readily accessible during policy development and implementation. My many thanks to our early supporters, who saw this opportunity as merely a gleam in the eye of a few of us. And thanks too to all of our new supporters, who are giving the program a future to look forward to.

My retirement is a farewell, not goodbye from the world of science policy, however. I have accepted a Professorship in the Graduate Division at UC Riverside, the campus I have called my academic home for over 30 years. In this new capacity, I will continue to be involved with science informing policy - only now focusing on motivating a new generation of students.

It has been my sincere pleasure and honour to work with all of you. Wherever we may meet again, in whatever role we shall put our talents and energies to - let us all continue our good work in making California's policies stronger with science.

Susan Hackwood

Until then, the best of the spring season to you all. And I hope you will join CCST throughout 2018 at our many planned events --- commemorating thirty years of our service to California and Californians.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish,
Susan Hackwood, PhD
Executive Director
California Council on Science and Technology

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