Amber Mace, Ph.D.

Policy Fellow

Dr. Amber Mace is a Policy Fellow for the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.

Amber has a strong scientific background with deep knowledge of cabinet-level policy gained as the executive director of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and assistant secretary for coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency.

Amber is dedicated to ensuring policy development and resource management decisions are outcome driven, cost-effective, and informed with sound science. Previously, she served in the dual roles of science advisor to the OPC and executive director of the Ocean Science Trust, a non-profit whose mission is to provide objective, high-quality science to decision makers.

She learned firsthand about the challenges of public policy-making at the federal level as a Knauss Fellow in the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and at the state level as a California Sea Grant state fellow at the California Natural Resources Agency. Amber was recognized as a Coastal Hero by Sunset magazine in 2011 and her California coastal research experience includes piloting a submersible with the Sustainable Seas Expedition. She earned a bachelor of arts in geography from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in ecology from UC Davis and the Bodega Marine Laboratory.