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CCST Science Fellows Advisory Committee

The Fellows Advisory Committee provides strategic advice and helps build the network of financial support necessary to sustain and enrich the program. Comprised of business, science and philanthropy leaders from around the country, the Fellows Advisory Committee is a formidable liaison for the Science Fellows Program to science and technology philanthropy leaders. Thanks to their leadership, the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program is made possible by philanthropic contributions from individuals and foundations. The Science Fellows, themselves, are selected from science and engineering PhDs from across the country and work on a wide spectrum of policies during the course of their fellowship.



Bruce Alberts
Former Editor-in-Chief, Science
University of California, San Francisco

Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014 and the 2016 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Dr. Alberts served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013) and as one of the first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). He is now the Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. The type of "science as inquiry" teaching we need, says Alberts, emphasizes "logical, hands-on problem solving, and it insists on having evidence for claims that can be confirmed by others. It requires work in cooperative groups, where those with different types of talents can discover them - developing self confidence and an ability to communicate effectively with others."

Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition. For the period 2000 to 2009, he served as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, an organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences and that was established to provide scientific advice to the world.

Committed in his international work to the promotion of the "creativity, openness and tolerance that are inherent to science," Alberts believes that "scientists all around the world must now band together to help create more rational, scientifically-based societies that find dogmatism intolerable."

Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 15 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Sam Blakeslee
Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy
Former California Assembly Member

Sam Blakeslee founded the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly in 2012. With a portfolio of experience as a scientist, business owner and legislator, his goal is to bring these diverse worlds together with cross-disciplinary thinkers at Cal Poly to solve some of the most complex public policy challenges facing society today.

Dr. Blakeslee graduated from San Luis Obispo High School and attended Cuesta College. He first worked in construction, then attended U.C. Berkeley where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geophysics. He was awarded a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara for his work in seismic scattering, micro-earthquake studies and fault-zone attenuation. As a strategic planner and senior research scientist with Exxon, he received a patent for his innovative work in geologic imaging.

Blakeslee is also a successful business owner, operating a multi-branch investment and financial planning firm. Blakeslee is a Certified Financial Planner, General Municipal Securities Principal (Series 53), General Securities Principal (Series 24) and a General Securities Representative (Series 7).

Blakeslee was elected to the California State Assembly in 2005 and later to the State Senate in 2010. Elected by his fellow legislators, Blakeslee served a term as Assembly Minority Leader. In this role, he was a member of the "Big 5" with responsibility for negotiating the state budget and major policy initiatives. He also served and held leadership positions on a variety of legislative committees focusing on agriculture, energy, banking, environmental quality, education and other fields. He successfully authored dozens of bills to evolve and reform policy related to energy, the environment, health care, job creation, lobbying reform, public and worker safety, veterans' affairs and other areas of concern.

While serving in Sacramento, Blakeslee founded and chaired the Task Force on Energy, the Environment and the Economy known as "E3." The group developed strategies to bridge the divide between the environment and the economy by applying emerging technology. This work fueled Blakeslee's conviction that advanced technology can be a critical tool in evolving public policy to better meet the needs of the modern world.

During the course of his career, Blakeslee has been active in civic and community life. He has been a Board member with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, the Central Coast Natural History Association, the Wildlife Conservation Board and Saint Joseph High School in Santa Maria. He also served two terms as a Trustee of Cuesta College. In 1999, Blakeslee authored the DREAM Initiative, a San Luis Obispo County ballot initiative that created a long-term vision for the future of PG&E's 12-mile scenic coastline known as the Diablo Canyon Lands.

Blakeslee has been recognized for his bipartisan leadership skills by many different organizations over the years. He earned Legislator of the Year awards from the California Police Chiefs and the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. He has been singled out for his dedication to the environment with a Climate Hero Award from the consumer group CALPIRG, a Public Service Award from the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Rhodes Leadership Award from the League of Women Voters, and recognition for support by the Partners for the Conservation of the Los Osos Coastal Dunes. He has also earned awards for advocacy from organizations representing seniors, the disabled, physicians and dentists and cattle ranchers.

In 2009 and 2012, the Sacramento Bee recognized Blakeslee as one of "Sacramento's Most Bipartisan Legislators." This distinction reflects Blakeslee's drive to balance the needs and interests of diverse constituents and craft solutions to thorny issues that help solve problems for all. Now serving as the Founding Director of Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, Blakeslee is applying his skills in bringing experts together to focus on developing practical strategies for real-world challenges.

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Diane Cummins
Retired fiscal policy staff, California State Senate

Diane Cummins serves as Special Advisor to the Governor on state-local realignment issues, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to her retirement in December 2008, she was the Chief Fiscal Policy Advisor to the President pro tem of the State Senate, a position she held since January, 1999.

Previously, she was the Chief Deputy Director for Budgets in the Department of Finance. As part of her 21-year career in the Department of Finance, she held numerous positions and specialized in local government and health and human services issues. She was the key Department of Finance staff person on the 1991 Realignment, the 1997 assumption of state trial court funding and the 1997 welfare reform effort that resulted in the CalWORKs program.

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Robert Dynes
President Emeritus
University of California

Robert C. Dynes, a physicist and expert on semiconductors and superconductors, served as the 18th president of the University of California and a professor of physics at UC San Diego (UCSD). Before assuming the presidency in October 2003, he served for seven years as chancellor of UCSD. He previously enjoyed a 22-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was department head of semiconductor and material physics research and director of chemical physics research.

His numerous scientific honors include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the 1990 Fritz London Award in Low Temperature Physics, and election to the Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctor of science degree from McMaster University.

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Bernadette Glenn
Executive Director
WHH Foundation

Bernadette Glenn leads the WHH Foundation, a family foundation based in Los Angeles with family members scattered throughout the US. The focus of the WHH Foundation is to 'invest in human capital' through providing grants in education, the arts, health, and community building. Before joining the Foundation, Glenn worked in telecommunications in the San Francisco area. A native of Dublin, Ireland, she received her BA in History and English, and a Higher Diploma in Education from University College Dublin. She also holds an M. Phil in Gender and Women's Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Glenn has lived in Los Angeles since 2011. She is on the Board of Overseers of The Huntington Library, and is a member of the Executive Committee of Caltech's Board of Associates. She also serves as Co-Chair of Social Venture Partners – Los Angeles.

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Paul Gray
Professor Emeritus
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Paul R. Gray received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1963, 1965, and 1969, respectively. In 1969 he joined the Research and Development Laboratory at Fairchild Semiconductor in Palo Alto, California. While there, he was involved in the application of new technologies for analog integrated circuits, including power integrated circuits and data conversion circuits. In 1971, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at U.C. Berkeley, where he is now a Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Graduate School. His research interests have included bipolar and MOS circuit design, electro-thermal interactions in integrated circuits, device modeling, telecommunications circuits, and analog-digital interfaces in VLSI systems.

Prof. Gray is the author or co-author of over 150 journal articles and conference presentations, for which he has been the co-recipient of a number of best paper awards. He has published four books, one of which is his co-authored text, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, originally published in 1977 and followed by additional editions in 1984, 1993, and 2001. He is also author or co-author of 14 patents.

Prof. Gray is a member and former Councillor of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of several technical achievement and education awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), the Circuits and Systems Society Technical Achievement Award (1987), the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award (1994), the National Outstanding Researcher Award from the Semiconductor Industry Association (2000), the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal (2004), the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award (2005), and the IEEE Robert Noyce Medal (2008). Prof. Gray has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Bucharest in Romania (1999) and from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (2006).

Prof. Gray has held several administrative posts at Berkeley, including Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1990-93), Dean of the College of Engineering (1996-2000), and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (2000-2006). He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and served as interim President from February 2014 to January 2015. He also serves as a member of several corporate and nonprofit boards.

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Mary E. Maxon, Ph.D.
Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

As the ALD for Biosciences, Mary Maxon oversees Berkeley Laboratory's Biological Systems & Engineering, Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology, and Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Divisions and the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Maxon has been integral to the strategic planning efforts and development of the Biosciences Area for four years, most recently as the Biosciences Principal Deputy. She earned her graduate degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her postdoctoral work in genetics at UC San Francisco. Maxon has worked in the private sector, both in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the public sector, highlighted by her tenure as the Assistant Director for Biological Research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, where she developed the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. With her diverse and extensive background in industry, scientific foundations, and both state and federal government, Maxon is recognized as a national leader in science and technology policy.

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Dharia McGrew
2012 Fellows Class, Senior Policy Analyst, California Dental Association

Dharia McGrew is a policy analyst for the California Dental Association, where she primarily focuses on improving the oral health of low-income Californians served by the Denti-Cal program. Previously, she was a senior policy consultant in the California State Assembly Health Committee, where she analyzed legislation relating to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, public health, food safety, and health disparities in underserved communities. McGrew came to public policy in Sacramento as a 2012 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow, spending her fellowship year placed in the Office of Assemblymember Wieckowski and the Committee on Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials, where she worked on issues relating to drinking water safety, higher education, health, and consumer protections.

McGrew earned a PhD from Brandeis University in Molecular & Cell Biology and a BA in biology from Mount Holyoke College. She has more than 10 years of experience as a laboratory researcher studying genetics, vision disease, and cancer biology, with additional career experience including teaching, publishing, and working in an industrial glue factory. She has lived all over the United States, from Alaska to the U.S. Virgin Islands, spending 16 years in Massachusetts before returning to her home state of California.

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Julie Meier Wright
President & CEO
San Diego REDC (Retired)

Julie Meier Wright is the retired chief executive of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and formerly California's first Secretary of Trade & Commerce and a member of Governor Pete Wilson's Cabinet. Since her retirement in June 2011, she has consulted on public affairs, marketing, and advocacy, serving as Strategic Advisor to Collaborative Economics of San Mateo, California, and a consultant to the California Council on Science & Technology from 2011-2016. With the founder and chairman of Collaborative Economics, she conceived the California Economic Summit, now in its sixth year. She also served as an advisor to the Okinawa (Japan) Institute of Science & Technology (OIST) and to the Kyoto, Japan-based STS forum, both founded by former Minister of Finance and Minister of Science & Technology for Japan, the Honorable Koji Omi. In 2016, she was named a Senior Fellow of the US Council on Competitiveness and in 2017 a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science & Technology.

She current serves on the Board of Directors of Sharp HealthCare, a $3-billion healthcare system of seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health insurance plan, and a former Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner. She serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee (former chair), the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Advocacy Committee. Earlier she served on the Board of Directors of Maxim Systems, a privately held defense systems engineering company sold to Accenture in 2007. She also served on the Advisory Board to Retirement Capital Group, an executive compensation and benefits company, and its successor company, Clark Bardes. She was named Director of the Year for Not-for-Profit Boards and Director of the Year for Companies in Transition by the Corporate Directors Forum.

She has also served on a wide array of university, not-for-profit and civic boards, and is currently on the boards of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, both at the University of California San Diego.

As Secretary of Trade & Commerce from 1991-1997, she led Governor Pete Wilson's Administration's wide-ranging business climate reforms, built a new Agency integrating economic development programs, and expanded the state's international role and presence, including opening five new overseas offices. In six years, her Red Teams were directly responsible for the creation or retention of nearly 100,000 jobs in California. She also leveraged a $200,000 state investment into a $15 million advertising program, "California. The Climate's Right."

In San Diego, she built a strong not-for-profit organization that gave this unique bi-national region an in-depth understanding of its growth industries and the public policy, regional and bi-national initiatives essential to success. She also led the region's highly successful efforts to protect its military bases in the 2005 round of base closures (BRAC), and earlier branded San Diego "Technology's Perfect Climate." Later, she created the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region brand and plan to promote this unique mega-region.

She has been an ex-officio member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, and served on its national steering committee and led the San Diego study for Dr. Michael Porter's study of Regions of Innovation. She served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board's Task Force on Math-Science Education, the California State Assembly Speaker's Commission on Regionalism, and the California Business Transportation & Housing Agency's expert review panel on government reform. Other notable past appointments include boards and advisory boards of the Corporate Directors Forum, California Tourism Commission, the California Economic Strategy Panel (chair), the California Economic Development Financing Authority, the Governor's Advisory Council on Biotechnology (chair), the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the California World Trade Commission, the California State University Institute, California Business-Higher Education Forum, the California Coastal Commission, and the California Film Commission.

Wright was named California Leader of the Year by Leadership California in 1996 and the nation's Outstanding Secretary of Commerce by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in 1995, and won national awards for innovation from the US Department of Commerce and CoreNet Global.

She also spent 25 years in senior executive public affairs positions at TRW Inc., one of the country's leading technology companies, now a part of Northrop-Grumman. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and completed the Advanced Management College at Stanford University. She writes and speaks on a range of issues.

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Tim Portwood
Senior Consultant and Principal
Marts & Lundy

Tim Portwood is Senior Consultant & Principal with Marts & Lundy, an international fundraising consulting firm. Tim joined Marts & Lundy in 2008 following a 21-year career in Stanford University's Office of Development.

At Stanford, Tim worked in foundation and corporate relations and major gifts before joining the management team as Director of University Campaigns in 1998, becoming Assistant Vice President in 2004. He served as chief architect and campaign director for Stanford's two most recent campaigns – the $1.1 billion Campaign for Undergraduate Education and the $6.2 billion Stanford Challenge. From 2009 to 2011, Tim served as Vice President for Development at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and successfully led the effort to raise the funds required to build The New Stanford Hospital.

Tim's clients have included many of the nation's top universities (Caltech, Chicago, Columbia, Lehigh, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tulane, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and Yale), as well as leading environmental organizations (World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy), scientific organizations (the National Academies and Carnegie Science), and cultural institutions (San Francisco Symphony, National World War II Museum, and the Smithsonian).

Prior to his career at Stanford, Tim practiced law in San Francisco for 8 years, including 6 years as in-house counsel with Bechtel Corporation. Tim holds an AB degree from Stanford University and a JD degree from Duke University School of Law.

Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Land Trust and on the Science and Technology Policy Fellows Advisory Committee of the California Council on Science and Technology. He previously served as a member of the Marts & Lundy Board of Directors.

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Michael Rodemeyer
Independent Consultant on Science and Technology Policy Issues

Michael Rodemeyer completed his adjunct professorship in 2015 in the Department of Engineering and Society of the University of Virginia, where he taught and directed the Science and Technology Policy Internship Program. Mr. Rodemeyer founded the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology and served as its executive director from 2000 to 2005. Before that, he spent nearly 25 years in the federal government. In 1998 and 1999, he was the assistant director for environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. He served for 15 years on the staff of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, including 7 years as the Chief Democratic Counsel. From 1976 through 1984, Mr. Rodemeyer was a staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. He also taught congressional and environmental policy-making as an adjunct professor of the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences from 2000 through 2004. Mr. Rodemeyer graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1975 and received his undergraduate degree in sociology with honors from Princeton University in 1972.

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Maxine Savitz
Chair, Retired, Honeywell Inc.

Maxine L. Savitz (NAE) is a retired general manager, Technology/Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. formerly Allied Signal. She is a member and served two terms as vice president of the National Academy of Engineering (2006-2014). Dr. Savitz was appointed to the President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology in 2009 and served through 2017; she served as vice co-chair 2010-2017. Dr. Savitz was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. Dr. Savitz serves on the advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. She recently served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visiting committee for sponsored research activities. Past board memberships include the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Science Board, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Defense Science Board, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRU), Draper Laboratories, and the Energy Foundation. She served as a member of the California Council for Science and Technology from 1997-2001. She has been chair of the CCST Fellowship Advisory Committee since 2008.

Dr. Savitz's awards and honors include: elected a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013; C3E Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013; the Orton Memorial Lecturer Award (American Ceramic Society) in 1998; the DOE Outstanding Service Medal in1981; the President's Meritorious Rank Award in 1980; recognition by the Engineering News Record for Contribution to the Construction Industry in 1979 and 1975; and the MERDC Commander Award for Scientific Excellence in 1967. She is the author of about 20 publications. Dr. Savitz has served on numerous National Research Council committees and participated in multiple Academies activities. She is a member of the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Dr. Savitz received a BA in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Albert Teich
Director, Science and Policy Programs
AAAS (Retired)

Dr. Teich is a Research Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is an expert in science and technology policy and is currently completing a book on the evolution of evidence-based science policy in the U.S. His other current interests are in globalization and its impacts on U.S. science and technology and in federal government budgeting and priority-setting for research. He came to GW in February 2012, following a distinguished 32 year career with the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). From 1990 through 2010, he served as Director of Science & Policy Programs and in 2011 as Senior Policy Adviser for the Association.

In 2010 Science & Policy Programs (which has been reorganized since his departure) had of a staff of about 40 and a budget of approximately $15 million a year. Its wide range of programs include the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows; the R&D Budget & Policy Analysis Program; the Research Competitiveness Program; Science and Human Rights; Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law; and the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Dr. Teich is a Fellow of AAAS and the recipient of the 2004 Award for Scientific Achievement in Science Policy from the Washington Academy of Sciences. He served as president of the Academy in 2008-2009. He has been a member of the program committees for the 2010 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Turin and ESOF 2012 in Dublin, ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen, and ESOF 2016 in Manchester, UK. He's also a member and former chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation; a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Maine Space Grant Consortium; and the Advisory Committee to the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program.

He received a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in political science, both from M.I.T. Prior to joining the AAAS staff, he served on the faculties of the GW School of Public and International Affairs (predecessor of the Elliott School), the State University of New York, and Syracuse University.

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Updated 10/20/17