Amber Mace is the Executive Director of CCST, where she devotes her time to increasing the impact and value of science- informed policy. Prior to joining CCST in 2013, Dr. Mace served as Associate Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. She was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as the Executive Director of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and Assistant Secretary for coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency. Dr. Mace earned a B.A. in geography from UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis, and an M.B.A. from Wharton.