Topic areas: Legislative, policy communication
Bio: Amber Mace, Ph.D. is Interim Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and a Policy Fellow with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. Mace devotes her time to building new and revitalizing existing programs and organizations that are dedicated to increasing the impact and value of science-informed decision-making. Prior to this, Mace served as the Deputy Director of CCST and Associate Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. She also served as the executive director of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and assistant secretary for coastal matters 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 B.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis and the Bodega Marine Laboratory.