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Left to Right: Nathan Phillips, Brandon Gaytan, Alexis Erwin, Sarah Brady, Brie Lindsey, Toni Lee, Karen Morrison, David Ernest Garcia, Alia Schoen, Colin Murphy

Pilot program in Executive Branch

This year the CCST Policy Fellowship Program, in cooperation with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), launched a pilot program placing a CCST S&T Policy Fellow in the Executive Branch for the first time.

Nicole Meyer-Morse was placed in the Governors Office of Emergency Services. Nicole received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California-Berkeley. Her dissertation focused on the cellular and immunological consequences of LLO mediated vacuolar escape. Before her 2 year CCST Fellowship she served for 2 years as a AAAS Fellow with the United States Department of Defense focusing on Chemical and Biological Defense. Nicole now serves as a Science and Technology Advisor for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Sarah Brady
Office of Assemblymember Bonilla


Sarah received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oregon, with time spent at Hong Kong Baptist University, and she received her BS in Chemistry and BA in French from North Central College. She subsequently rose to the rank of Legislative Director in the Office of Assemblywoman Bonilla. Sarah was recruited by the California Council on Science and Technology as a Senior Program Associate.

Alexis Erwin
Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee


Alexis earned a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and graduated with honors with a ScB in Geological Sciences and Biology from Brown University. She completed a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship after her CCST year. Alexis now serves as Senior Analyst and Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

David Ernest Garcia
Office of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner


David received a PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley, with research conducted at the Joint BioEnergy Institute of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He earned a BA in Chemistry at Claremont McKenna College. David now serves as a Consultant for the California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

Brandon Gaytán
Office of Assemblymember Steven Bradford


Brandon received a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from UC Berkeley, and earned a MA in Biology and BAs in Biology and Computer Science from Clark University. He also was an elected Board Member of SACNAS. Brandon was most recently a Legislative Aide in the Office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago.

Toni Lee
Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee


Toni received a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Caltech, and received a BS/MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a BS in Anthropology. Toni Is currently a Senior Scientist at Provivi, Inc. in Santa Monica.

Brie Lindsey
Senate Office of Research


Brie received a PhD in Oceanography from Oregon State University and a BA in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley. Brie was recruited by the California Council on Science and Technology as a Senior Program Associate.

Karen Morrison
Senate Environmental Quality Committee


Karen received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois and a BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College. Karen is currently a Senior Environmental Scientist at California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery.

Colin Murphy
Office of Assemblymember Bill Quirk


Colin received a PhD in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis, a MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis. Colin is currently a Climate Policy Advocate at NextGen Climate America.

Nathan Phillips
Senate Transportations and Housing Committee


A Sacramento, California native, Nathan received a PhD from Duke University and BS in Physics from Sacramento State. He entered the fellowship on sabbatical from his professorship at Boston University. Nathan returned to serve as Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University, and has received a CCST State Fellowships Planning Grant to explore creating a Massachusetts program.

Alia Schoen
Office of Assemblymember Das Williams


Alia received a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and a MS in Biological Sciences from Stanford, and a BS in the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern. Alia is currently a Senior Policy Associate with Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale.

Updated 10/2/17