Susan Hackwood


Susan Hackwood is Professor of the Graduate Division and Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor at the University of California Riverside. She is also Dean Emeritus of the Bourns College of Engineering. Until July 2018 she was the Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). CCST is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of 200 plus science and technology leaders of the highest distinction. Sponsored by the key academic and federal research institutions in California, CCST advises the state on all aspects of science and technology including energy, information technologies, biotechnology, nanotechnology, stem cell research, healthcare technologies, climate change, disaster prevention technologies, intellectual property, technical workforce development, and education. Dr. Hackwood has worked extensively with industry, academia and government partnerships to identify policy issues of societal importance.


Doug Brown

Associate Director

Doug Brown most recently served as the Program Advisor for CCST's Science & Technology Policy Fellowship which places PhD scientists and engineers in the California Legislature. Brown has formerly served as Chief-of-Staff to the 2008 Governor's Conference on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and as Principal Consultant with the California State Senate. Mr. Brown is an economic development specialist who was also the Assistant Director for Business Relations at the Employment Development Department. He spent three years with the California Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency where he designed the state's Small Business Development Center program. His federal experience includes positions with the US Senate, the Small Business Administration, and the White House Conference on Small Business. Mr. Brown, a former Peace Corps volunteer and a Vietnam veteran, has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University.

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Amy Gilson

Senior Program Director and Instructor

Amy Gilson, PhD, is a committee consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Transportation, where she focuses on electric vehicles, shared micromobility, and transportation data governance. Amy was a CCST Policy Fellow with the California State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and served the chair of that committee as a legislative aide. Prior to coming to the California Legislature, Amy was a project manager at Microsoft Research New England. She received her PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and a PhD secondary field in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Studies from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Amy has created and led multiple science communication and policy programs including the Harvard Science in the News Podcast and the STEM Solutions in Public Policy Competition with the University of California Center Sacramento.

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