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Left to Right: Maurice Pitesky, Igor Lacan, Janice Tsai, Amber Hartman, Amber Wright, Byron Kennedy, Katharine Moore, Ryan McCarthy, Jessica Westbrook and Daniel Ballon.

CCST congratulates the inaugural class of the S&T Policy Fellows!

Daniel R. Ballon
Office of Assembly Minority Leader/Republican Caucus


Daniel received his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A.in molecular biology and biochemistry, Russian language and literature from Wesleyan University. Daniel serves in the California State Assembly as a Principal Consultant to the Republican Caucus.

Amber Laura Hartman (Scholz)
Senate Environmental Quality Committee


Amber received her Ph.D. in biology from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in biology from Davidson College. Amber is currently in Germany at The Leibniz-Institute, where she is Deputy Science Advisor to the Director.

Byron Kennedy
Office of Assembly Member Sandré Swanson


Byron received his M.D. and Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology, and a M.P.H. in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University. He also received a B.S. in biological sciences from California State University, Sacramento. He has an active medical license in both California and New York. Byron serves as Director of Health in the city of New Haven, Connecticut.

Igor Lacan
Assembly Water, Parks, & Wildlife Committee


Igor received his Ph.D. in urban ecology, a M.S. in aquatic ecology, and a B.S. in ecology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an ecologist specializing in sustainable environmental management of urban areas. Igor is currently an Environmental Horticulture Advisor at the UC Cooperative Extension.

Ryan McCarthy
Office of Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter


Ryan received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis in 2009. He received a M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis and a B.S. (cum laude) in structural engineering from UC San Diego. Ryan was appointed by Governor Brown as the Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Office of the Chair of the California Air Resources Board.

Katharine Moore
Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee


Katharine received her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, a M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Katharine holds a position with the California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee as a Consultant.

Maurice Pitesky
Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee


Maurice received his Masters of Preventative Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of California, Davis in 2009. He also received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from UC Davis, a M.S. in agriculture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a B.S. in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Maurice holds a position as a poultry specialist with the UC ANR Cooperative Extension and Lecturer at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Janice Tsai
Office of Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez


Janice received her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. She also earned a Master of Library and Information Science, Rutgers, and a B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences, Northwestern University. Janice is now Windows & Devices Group Privacy Manager with Microsoft Corporation in Seattle.

Jessica Westbrook
Assembly Natural Resources Committee


Jessica received her Ph.D. from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University with a minor in plant biology, and a B.S. in plant biology at the University of California, Davis.Jessica is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

Amber Wright
Senate Office of Research


Amber received her Ph.D. in population biology from the University of California, Davis in 2009. She received a M.A. in conservation biology from Columbia University and a B.S. in biological sciences (cum laude) from Cornell University. Amber is an Assistant Professor in Ecology and Conservation Biology at The University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Updated 3/10/16