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Meet the Task Force

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Legislative and Support Team


Kathleen Eiler

Kathleen (Kathy) Eiler is Director of Federal Relations at the University of California, Riverside where she has front-line responsibility for planning, organizing, and executing federal government relations for the University of California, Riverside. Serving as the campus federal liaison, Kathy is responsible for advising the Chancellor and other members of university leadership on campus positions and strategies related to federal legislative matters and funding opportunities. She serves as the campus representative to the executive branch, federal elected officials, federal government agencies and their staff and manages the implementation of the campus federal relations program designed to cultivate and inform elected officials at all levels, including developing programs to identify and mobilize key constituencies in support of University initiatives and research priorities. 


Elizabeth Romero

Elizabeth Romero serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Governmental & Community Relations at the University of California Riverside. As the chief government and community relations officer, Elizabeth advocates and advances support for public higher education. UCR is the only UC located in Inland Southern California and is widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation. Prior to joining UC Riverside, Elizabeth served as the Director of Community and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest in Riverside and Imperial Counties. Elizabeth also managed the Building Healthy Communities Initiative funded by The California Endowment and has worked for Desert Arc, University Center for Developmental Disabilities and served as a Legislative Assistant to the late Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor Roy Wilson and Supervisor John J. Benoit. In 2006, Elizabeth was first elected to the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees at the age of 23. Currently, Elizabeth serves as an elected member of the Riverside County Board of Education representing Coachella Valley, Desert Center, Desert Sands, Palm Springs and Palo Verde Unified School Districts. 

Science to Policy Advisors

Doug Brown - Associate Director, Center for Science to Policy

Susan Hackwood - Director, Center for Science to Policy

Stephanie Piper - Student Cabinet Member, Center for Science to Policy

Administrative and Editorial Support Staff

Theresa Kane - Administrative Support  *  Sarah Simpson - Editorial & Design Services  *  Jeanette Westbrook - Administrative Support

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