Welcome to the CCST Science Fellows Blog

Amber Mace, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Amber Mace, PhD

California has one of the largest economies in the world, and so many critical issues facing our state today — water, energy, and public health, just to name a few — require a deep understanding of science.

Few California state legislators have backgrounds in science, engineering, or technology. Yet, they are asked to make decisions on issues with significant science and technology aspects. To help the California State Legislature make the most informed decisions for the state’s citizens and resources, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has created the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program.

The Fellowship trains and mentors scientists and engineers in the policymaking process, and places them as staffers with Assembly and Senate offices. Our Science Fellows experience a year of public service and leadership training, and get the chance to explore a career in California’s policy arena. At the same time, the State Legislature benefits from access to highly skilled, science-savvy staff to advise them on legislative issues and priorities.

Now in its eighth year, the Fellowship was made possible by an initial gift by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and other major donors. Our Fellows have been placed with both Democratic and Republican legislators in the Assembly and Senate — often referred to as “the Science Fellows” in the State Capitol hallways — and our Science Fellows have joined our program with degrees from more than 30 institutions around the country, including Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Emory, and University of California campuses.

California’s policies are stronger with science, and the CCST Science Fellows program helps the California State Legislature access some of the talent and staff they need to make informed decisions. Whether you’re a prospective applicant, an interested funder, a staff member, legislator, or an advocate, we hope this blog offers you a glimpse into our Fellowship experience, and a deeper appreciation for the valuable resources and programs that CCST strives to provide to California’s policymakers and citizens.

If our Fellowship mission has sparked new ideas and new possibilities in your own vision and mission, we would love to hear from you. Thank you for following us, and we’ll see you here and on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!

— Amber Mace, PhD, CCST Deputy Director

About CCST

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit orgnization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST engages leading experts in science and technology to provide expert advice to state policymakers, ensuring California policy is informed by sound scientific knowledge in science, technology, innovation, and STEM education.

The inaugural class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows served from 2009 to 2010.
The inaugural class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows served from 2009 to 2010.