Past Events

Ethics and Governance

Scott Hallabrin, Chief Counsel, Legislative Ethics Committee, CA State Assembly and Amandeep Kaur, ELIPPS Director conducting ELIPPS seminar on Ethics and Governance.

March 4, 2016

Speaker:

  1. Scott Hallabrin, Chief Counsel, Legislative Ethics Committee

Public Leadership and Management

Assemblymember Ken Cooley talking to students about public leadership and management. The biggest lesson so far, "People are beaten in spirit before they are beaten in fact. Never let respect for an obstacle become intimidation that wilts your resolve".  

Feb. 19, 2016

Speaker:

  • Ken Cooley, Assemblymember, District 8

Career Trajectory from Grad School to Policy Making

Team B advocating for funds for fixing a high school and hiring more teachers in Yolo County.

Feb. 12, 2016

Speaker:

  • Amandeep Kaur, Director, ELIPPS 

Influence of Non Governmental Organizations and Non Profits on Public Policy Making

From L-R: Jim Caldwell, Senior Technical, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology (CEERT), Amandeep Kaur, ELIPPS Director, and V. John White, Executive Director and Co-Founder, CEERT

Feb. 5, 2016

Speakers:

  • Jim Caldwell, Senior Technical Consultant, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)
  • V. John White, Executive Director, CEERT

Influence of Lobbying Firms on Public Policy Making

From L-R: Alfredo Medina, Amandeep Kaur, ELIPPS Director, and Che Salinas. 

Jan. 22, 2016

Speakers: 

  • Che Salinas, Counsel, Government and Regulatory Policy, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Alfredo Medina, Legislative Advocate, Manatt, Phelps an Phillips, LLP

Role of State Agencies in Influencing Policymaking and CA’s Legislative Oversight on Agencies

From L-R: Ken Cooley, CA State Assemblyman, District 8, Amandeep Kaur, Director, ELIPPS, and Taylor Roschen, Legislative Manager, CDFA at the final Fall Quarter 2015 ELIPPS seminar.

Nov. 23, 2015

Speakers:

  • Ken Cooley, CA State Assembly District 8
  • Taylor Roschen, Legislative Manager, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Assembly member 

Mock Policy Bills Hearing

From R-L: Three students conducting a mock hearing on AB 66: Body cameras for PEACE officers with Christian Griffith, Chief Consultant, Assembly Budget Committee, Matt Cremins, Lead Committee Secretary, Assembly Budget Committee, and Jazmin Hicks, Legislative Aide, CA State Assembly.

Nov. 9, 2015

Speakers:

  • Christian Griffith, Chief Consultant, Assembly Budget Committee 
  • Matt Cremins, Lead Committee Secretary, Assembly Budget Committee
  • Jazmin Hicks, Legislative Aide, CA State Assembly

Overview of the CA Budget Process and Decision Making

Christian Griffith, Chief Consultant of the Assembly Budget Committee, CA State Assembly, explaining to ELIPPS students about CA's 265 billion dollar budget and various line items.

Oct. 26, 2015

Speakers: 

  • Alvin Gilbert Block, Associate Director, UC Center, Sacramento
  • Christian Griffith, Chief Consultant, Assembly Budget Committee 

Mental Health Policy and Advocacy

Darrell Steinberg and Amandeep Kaur, Director, ELIPPS engaged in conversation surrounding the status quo on mental health policies in CA and ways to get involved to advocate on mental health related issues.  

Oct. 14, 2015

Speaker: 

  • Darrell Steinberg, former Senate President Pro Tempore and Author of Proposition 63 

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Intersection of Research and Policy

Amber Mace, with Amandeep Kaur, Director, ELIPPS, addressed the differences that exist between the worlds of policy making and academia and how young scientists can make a difference in shaping public policy by having a better understanding of things that divide these two worlds.  

Oct. 12, 2015

Speaker: 

  • Amber Mace, Policy Fellow, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, UC Davis, and Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology

Furthering the Dialogue Between Academicians and Policy Makers

ELIPPS Fellows 2015 and their fellowship agency site supervisors. ELIPPS Fellows shared their experiences of working in the realm of public policy in Sacramento this summer and their agency supervisors talked about how these fellows added value to the work being done in their agency.

Oct. 6, 2015

Panelists:

  • Amrith Gunasekara, Science Advisor, California Department of Agriculture
  • Tony Sertich, Director of Multifamily Programs, California Housing Finance Agency
  • Jim Caldwell, Senior Technical Consultant, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)
  • Andrew Altevogt, Assistant Executive Officer, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Kelly Gravuer, PhD candidate in Ecology
  • Matthew Palm, PhD candidate in Geography
  • Elizabeth Anthony, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering
  • Melissa Rothstien, DVM student, School of Veterinary Medicine

ELIPPS Policy Education Seminar, Module A, Fall 2015

Brian and Russell provide students a brief overview of the three branches of the CA state government, organization of the legislature, and the legislative process including the life cycle of legislation, starting from when a bill is just an idea to the stage when it ends up on the desk of the Governor.

Sept. 28, 2015

Speakers:

  • Brian Ebbert, Assistant Chief Clerk/Parliamentarian, CA State Assembly
  • Russell Tomas, Director, Assembly Floor Analysis, CA State Assembly

Policy Skills Boot Camp

Half day boot camp about the skills fundamental to a career in policy.

April 17, 2015

Workshop 1: Overview of the CA state legislature 

  • Speakers:
    • Brian Ebbert, Assistant Chief Clerk/Parliamentarian, CA State Assembly
    • Adrian Lopez, Director of State Government Relations, UC Davis

Workshop 2: Introduction to legislative analysis & writing policy analysis, talking points, briefs and memos

  • Speakers:
    • Russell Tomas, Director of Floor Analysis, CA State Assembly
    • Victor Francovich, Consultant, CA State Assembly

Workshop 3: Refining your research:communication and diplomacy 

  • Speaker:
    • Robert Waste, Director, Government and Community Relations, UC Davis Health System

Workshop 4: Effective channels for negotiation and advocacy 

  • Speaker:
    • Sandra Fried, Associate Director, Legislative Affairs, University of California Office of the President
 

Policy Analysis and Careers in Lobbying and Law Firms

Speakers and collegues after the ELIPPS workshop, from L-R: Adrian Lopez, Che J. Salinas, Amandeep Kaur, and Alfredo Medina.  

Jan. 29, 2015

Speakers:

  • Che J. Salinas, Counsel, Government and Regulatory Policy, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Alfredo Medina, Legislative Advisor, Government and Regulatory Policy, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Policy Analysis in Non Profit and Non Partisan Agencies

The panel along with Lynn Abramson, Senior Associate, PEW Charitable Trust who skyped in from DC, from L-R: Amandeep Kaur and Aaron Edwards.

December 2, 2014

Speakers:

  • Aaron Edwards, Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office
  • Lynn Abramson, Senior Associate, Clean Energy at the Pew Charitable Trusts

Policy Analysis in California State Legislature

From L-R: Amandeep Kaur, Victor Francovich, and Mariko Yamada speaking about policy analysis in CA state legislature.

November 13, 2014

Speakers:

  • Mariko Yamada, Assemblymember, CA 4th District
  • Victor Francovich, Consultant, California State Assembly

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Policy Making/Legislation 101

Students learning the 101 of policy making and legislation.  

October 15, 2014

Speakers:

  • Gina Banks, Federal Government Relations Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, UC Davis
  • Adrian Lopez, State Government Relations Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, UC Davis

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Translating Research into Policy

From L-R: Mayor of Davis, Dan Wolk and Founder and Consultant of Consero Solutions, Petrea Marchand.

February 27, 2014

Speakers:

  • Dan Wolk, Mayor, City of Davis
  • Petrea Marchand, Founder and Consultant, Consero Solutions

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Crossing the Causeway: Science Policy in State Capitol

Panelists at the 2nd ELIPPS workshop, from L-R: Amber Mace, Katharine Moore, and Ashley Conrad-Saydah. 

January 15, 2014

Speakers:

  • Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy
  • Katharine Moore, Consultant in California Natural Resources and Water Committee

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Journey from Graduate School to U.S. Government

From L-R: Jeffrey Gibeling, Dean, Graduate Studies, Congressman John Garamendi, and Amandeep Kaur.   

November 7, 2013

Speakers:

  • Congressman John Garamendi, Representative CA-D3
  • Amber Mace, Policy Fellow, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, and Deputy Director, CCST
  • Andrew Kim, District Project Director, Office of Congressman John Garamendi

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