Amy Gilson, PhD, is a committee consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Transportation. She develops policy broadly across the transportation issue area, with a focus on electrification of the transportation sector, shared mobility, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and transportation data governance. Before joining the committee, Amy vetted policy on subjects from microplastic pollution to sewer service in disadvantaged communities as the California State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials' California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Upon completion of the fellowship, Amy was a legislative aide for the chair of that committee, Assemblymember Bill Quirk of Hayward, managing legislation in multiple areas as well as producing a workshop on decarbonizing the electrical grid.
Prior to coming to the California Legislature, Amy was a project manager at Microsoft Research New England. She received a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and a PhD minor in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Studies from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Outside of work, Amy co-created the Harvard Science in the News — Listen podcast, written jointly by students from natural sciences, STS, and other university programs. She also launched the STEM Solutions Competition with the University of California Center Sacramento, which provides UC graduate students the opportunity to gain real-world policy experience by proposing new California legislation and, should their proposal result in a bill, working with staff throughout the legislative process. She is a Sacramento liaison for Science to Policy at the University of California at Riverside and sits on the boards of the Capitol LGBTQ Association and the Sacramento March for Science.