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Left to Right: Michelle Leinfelder, Hillary Q. Thomas, Peter Cowan, Kenneth Spence, Anthony Marino, Michael Bedard-Hearn, Newsha Ajami, and Malaika Katrina Singleton

"It was refreshing to successfully apply my analytical, research, and communication skills in an entirely new setting. My criminal justice research made a difference and helped keep a state department accountable." - S&T Policy Fellow Malaika Singleton

Newsha Ajami
Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee


Newsha received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine, a M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, hydrological modeling and flood forecasting. Newsha is Director of Urban Water Policy at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and was appointed by the Governor to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Michael Bedard-Hearn
Office of Assembly Member Nancy Skinner


Michael received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in physical chemistry, specializing in energy transfer, and a B.S. in chemistry from Santa Clara University. He has worked in the Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, studying plastic-based solar cells. Michael is the Legislative Director for the office of California Senator Bob Hertzberg.

Peter Cowan
Senate Environmental Quality Committee


Peter received a Ph.D. from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. He received a M.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University and a B.A. in biology (magna cum laude) from Kalamazoo College. He is a fire ecologist specializing in plant evolution and diversity. Peter is a Conservation Analyst at Save the Redwoods League.

Malaika Katrina Singleton
Senate Office of Research


Malaika received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in biology and psychology that was jointly awarded from Rutgers University-Newark College of Arts & Sciences and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Malaika was hired by the UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Neurology as a Program Coordinator.

Michelle Leinfelder
Senate Transportation & Housing Committee


Michelle received a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University and a B.S. in crop science and management from the University of California, Davis. Michelle is currently serving as a resource management advisor with the UC Cooperative Extension.

Tony Marino
Office of Assembly Member Jerry Hill


Tony received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English and chemistry from Davidson College. He was a science policy fellow at the National Academy of Sciences where he focused both on communicating chemistry in old and new media and on the industrial process, graduate education, and regulatory aspects of green chemistry. Tony is a consultant for California Senator Jerry Hill.

Kenneth Spence
Office of Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher


Ken received a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in biology and Spanish language from Morehouse College. He is an agroecologist specializing in invertebrate ecology and sustainable pest management. Ken is a policy consultant for the California Assembly Speaker's Office of Policy.

Hillary Q. Thomas
Office of Assembly Member Fiona Ma


received a Ph.D. and M.S. in entomology from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in environmental sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Hillary holds a position of Research & Technical Director with Naturipe Growers in Salinas CA.

Updated 3/30/16