Policy & Popcorn: How to Get Involved in Policy

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Event Date

1605 Tilia Street Room 1103, Davis, CA OR Virtual via Zoom

About the Session

In this session of Policy and Popcorn, we learned about the work that UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy does and ways for students to engage in policy at every level.

About the Speakers

Colin Murphy

Deputy Director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Colin Murphy is the Deputy Director of the Policy Institute, where he helps guide research and outreach on issues relating to transportation, energy, air quality, and carbon markets. Prior to joining the Policy Institute, he was a Science Policy Fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology, and an advocate for sustainable transportation and energy policy with the NextGen Policy Center, where he helped extend California's climate programs through 2030. He has a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis, a M.S. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis.


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Mollie D’Agostino

Policy Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

Mollie Cohen D'Agostino is Policy Director for the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. Mollie's work spans several sectors and includes environmental policy, community development and transportation planning. She worked with the California League of Conservation Voters, the City of Oakland’s Department of Housing & Community Development, and with the Alameda County Transportation Commission. She holds an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Political Science and the Program for the Environment, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.



Joshua Stark

Policy Analyst at the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Joshua focuses on connecting the Policy Institute with decision makers in transportation, land use, air quality, and environmental impacts. Prior to working at UC Davis, Joshua worked in a variety of advocacy and education roles at TransForm, the National Parks Conservation Association, California State Parks, and as a high school teacher.

About Policy & Popcorn

Policy & Popcorn provides an informal setting for UC Davis students, researchers, faculty, and staff to learn more about the policy process and how to better engage. The sessions are hosted approximately monthly by the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy in close partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Efficiency Institute, and other key policy leaders around UC Davis. This series will bring you a wonk-like level of knowledge and experience with the accessibility of a 101-level class. Popcorn and snacks will be provided!