Beginning this month, Daniel R. Ballon ’01 will serve as a California legislature advisor, one of 10 fellows taking part in a first-of-its kind statewide program designed to provide legislators with access to experts in science and technology to help them evaluate the proposals before them.
Ballon, a Phi Beta Kappa Wesleyan graduate with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry and Russian language and literature, earned his Ph.D in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously a senior policy fellow in technology studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. As a fellow, he will work the Assembly Minority Leader/Republican Caucus and serve a one-year term.
The program is administered through the California Council on Science and Technology in conjunction with universities and several foundations and operates at no cost to the taxpayers.